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Dahr al-Baidar victim a father of eight

The father of Mahmoud Jamaleddine mourns over his coffin during his funeral in Saadnayel, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (The Daily Star/ISF, HO)

BEIRUT: Mahmoud Mohammad Jamaleddine, a warrant officer in the ISF and father of eight, was laid to rest in the Zahle village of Saadnayel Saturday after being killed in a suicide bombing in eastern Lebanon Friday morning.

"On the 159th anniversary of the ISF and on Father's Day ... we promise you that your blood won't go to waste," Internal Security Forces Assistant Chief in the Bekaa Ali Ajami said at Jamaleddine's funeral.

Jamaleddine, who was 49 years old and a father of eight, died in a suicide bombing at the Dahr al-Baidar ISF checkpoint in the Bekaa Valley Friday morning. The attacked wounded 32 others.

Jamaleddine joined the Internal Security Forces at the age of 29 and was granted the rank of chief warrant officer in 2014.

According to an ISF statement released Friday, Jamaleddine was promoted to lieutenant shortly after his death.

Jamaleddine’s sacrifice for his country earned him military decorations and medals, most notably the Internal Security Medal, the Award for War and Wounded and the Lebanese Cedar Award.

The ISF hailed Jamaleddine’s service, stating that “he had seized 2,000 illegal pills, 250 grams of cannabis and 7 grams of heroin” during his work at the Dahr al-Baidar checkpoint.

The statement expressed great gratitude from ISF chief Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Basbous to Jamaleddine, who he had seen for the last time in his office a month ago.

 

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