Car chase ends in death of Syrian suspect

File - Lebanese soldiers on armored vehicles patrol the area after clashes that left four people dead in the Western Bekaa village of Suweiri, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. (The Daily Star/Stringer)

HERMEL, Lebanon: A Syrian suspect was killed Wednesday and his Lebanese companion arrested after a car chase in the Bekaa Valley which ended in an exchange of gunfire, a security source told The Daily Star on condition of anonymity.

Ibrahim Muaileq died of his wounds in hospital, while Omar Ahmad Solh was detained as he receivedmedical treatment. A third suspect, Ahmad Saleh, escaped.

The source said the three men were suspected of providing assistance to armed groups that were “plotting attacks to undermine Lebanon’s stability.”

Army Intelligence pursued the men, who were driving two cars along the highway linking Chtaura to Bar Elias. The cars separated at the Al-Marj exit, and Muaileq and Solh were taken to hospital by the Army after crashing and exchanging fire with soldiers. Saleh remains at large.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 23, 2014, on page 2.




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