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Mugging and suicide top police reports
A general view of the eastern town of Zahle. (The Daily Star/Nassif Seif)
A general view of the eastern town of Zahle. (The Daily Star/Nassif Seif)
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BEIRUT: Muggings and a suicide topped police reports Friday, as 82 people were arrested across the country for crimes ranging from illegal residency to kidnapping. In Zahle district, two Syrian workers were injured after a shooting during an armed robbery.

The National News Agency reported that four men tried to rob the two Syrians, identified as Mohammad Salloum and his brother Mahmoud, who were living in a tent settlement next to the main road off the village of Dilhmieh.

The robbery escalated into a minor clash when the four thieves who mugged the Syrians shot at them, injuring them in the legs.

The injured were later transferred to a hospital in the area.

In the Baalbek town of Riyaq, four armed men in a four-wheel drive forced Hasan Zeidan to stop his car at a side road in the village of Safari, before taking off with his vehicle. The thieves were impersonating security officers when they stopped Zeidan.

In the Sidon neighborhood of Abra, a man committed suicide in a public place. Jamil Basrawi shot himself in front of Shamsin bakery, reportedly because he suffered from an incurable disease.

Separately, 82 people have been arrested, including 18 for illegal residency and arrival into the country, 14 for drug-related crimes, 10 for theft and four for suspicion of involvement in kidnappings.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 24, 2013, on page 3.
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