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Police detains man in Beirut over suspicious appearance

Police search a vehicle in Beirut's southern suburbs on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Security forces detained a man in Beirut’s southern suburb of Harek Hreik Wednesday after they grew suspicious of his appearance, a day after a car bomb killed four people in the same area.

The driver, identified as Hussein Sharafeddine, a local rapper, was searched and apprehended.

A witness in Haret Hreik told The Daily Star that members of the Internal Security Forces stopped a GMC vehicle at a police checkpoint in Beirut’s southern suburb.

The police searched the four-wheel drive vehicle after they grew suspicious of the driver’s long, heavy beard.

Army intelligence personnel and security forces arrived to the scene along with a fire truck, causing panic among the residents of the bustling neighborhood.

A suspected suicide car bomb killed four people Tuesday in Haret Hreik in the second attack this month against the area where Hezbollah enjoys broad support.

Tuesday’s attack was claimed by the Nusra Front in Lebanon, an offshoot of Syria’s Nusra Front, in retaliation to Hezbollah's military involvement in Syria.





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