BEIRUT: A Syrian man was killed Tuesday when a bomb exploded in his rented apartment in Halat, north of Beirut, the Army said.
A security source told The Daily Star the man, 28, was a Syrian intelligence officer who had been in Lebanon for six months.
Moussa Mustafa Ibrahim Al-Ali was killed as a result of a bomb which the military said contained an estimated 250 grams of explosive material.
The military police launched an investigation into the incident which occurred at 11 a.m.
Al-Ali’s wife, her friend and his brother who were found inside the man’s apartment when police arrived at the scene, were held for interrogation, the source said.
Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr examined the site of the explosion at Al-Ali’s apartment and the body.
“We are waiting for the bomb expert to confirm the type of incident but we don't have anything tangible,” Saqr told reporters as he stepped out the flat.
“There is a smell of gunpowder in the room where the body was found,” he added.