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Suspected accomplice in Akkar rape, murder arrested

A general view of the Akkar region taken on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. (The Daily Star/Stringer)

BEIRUT: A suspected accomplice of the Lebanese minor accused of raping and killing a Syrian boy in north Lebanon’s Akkar was arrested Monday, security sources told The Daily Star.

The Halba police arrested the suspect, identified as J.M., on suspicion that he took part in the rape and killing of 5-year-old Mohammad al-Khawli, the sources said.

The police are interrogating the suspect, the sources added.

Khawli’s body was found Sunday in a dumpster at the entrance of a school in the Akkar village of Halba.

The boy's body, which had been stabbed five times in his waist, was found in a box, his head covered with a black bag.

The main suspect in the offense, a 17-year-old Lebanese boy identified as N.A., was apprehended by the authorities and has confessed to committing the crime.

 

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