Top Terror Leader Killed

Led militant fighters in refugee camp
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2007 2:57 AM CDT
Adel Razaq al-Absi, brother of Fatah Islam leader Shaker al-Absi, left, receives condolences from a relative in Amman, Jordan, Monday, Sept. 3, 2007. The body of Fatah Islam leader Shaker al-Absi was...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Islamic militant leader Shaker al-Abssi, wanted for the murder of a US diplomat in Jordan, was killed by Lebanese troops in the bloody climax of the battle for the Nahr el-Bared refugee camp near Tripoli. Al-Abssi was one of 39 militants killed by Lebanese special forces Sunday after a three-month siege, CNN reports

The 52-year-old terrorist  led about 200 fighters of the Fatah al-Islam organization. Tens of thousands of Palestinians in the camp fled the fighting and many celebrated when  Abssi's men were defeated. The battle marked the country's worst internal violence since the end of Lebanon's civil war in 1990. (Read more Lebanon stories.)