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Teenage Syrian refugee killed by alleged attempted rapist

Relatives sit next to the body of Syrian refugee Raghd Al-Bakhas who was killed in Tripoli, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (The Daily Star/Stringer)

TRIPOLI, Lebanon: A 17-year-old Syrian refugee girl was shot and killed by her alleged attempted rapist in the northern town of Minyeh earlier this week.

Raghd Al-Bakhas was working on a farm in the early hours of Tuesday morning when an unidentified man approached her and allegedly tried to rape her, residents told The Daily Star.

Khass fought with the man and ran away seconds before he shot her in the back at close range.

Her body was transferred to the Al-Kheir Hospital in Minyeh.

Speaking to Al-Jadeed television, Bakhas' uncle, who fled to Lebanon from Homs, appealed to the security forces to investigate the case and find the perpetrator.

"To those with a conscience, I ask them to hold the man who killed her accountable," the distraught, teary-eyed man said.

"We can only turn to God," he added.

Bakhas fled with her uncles to Lebanon while her parents remain still in Homs.





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