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BEIRUT, (AP) – A senior Lebanese security official says army commandos have recaptured fugitive from an al-Qaeda-inspired group a day after he escaped from prison.

The official says Taha al-Hajj Suleiman of the Fatah Islam group was captured Wednesday in the woods north of the Roumieh prison east of Beirut.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

A day earlier, eight Fatah Islam staged a dramatic prison break but only Suleiman was able to escape.

Police and army forces launched a search campaign in areas around the prison until Suleiman was captured.

Fatah Islam fought a three-month battle against the army inside the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared in northern Lebanon in 2007.

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