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Three officers wounded in chase in Arsal

Lebanese soldiers on armored vehicles patrol the area in Arsal, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Army Website, HO)

BEIRUT: Three police officers were wounded Friday when a wanted man they were seeking to arrest in the northeastern border village of Arsal threw three hand grenades at them, security sources said.

The sources told The Daily Star that Mustafa Khaled Hujeiri tossed the grenades at police officers who were executing an arrest warrant against him.

The sources identified the wounded as Col. Njeim, who heads the Arsal police unit, in addition to Maj. Baidoun and a private.

They said a manhunt was launched for Hujeiri after he escaped.

An additional police unit was called in from nearby Baalbek and was working in coordination with the Lebanese Army to arrest Hujeiri, who has multiple arrest warrants out against him.

A statement issued by the Internal Security Forces described Hujeiri, 28, as "dangerous."

It said Hujeiri opened fire and lobbed three hands grenades at the police unit that raided his house in the Arsal neighborhood of Hay Abu Zaidan. The statement said the police officers suffered minor injuries.

Hujeiri's father was taken into custody, the statement said, adding that two pump-action shotguns, a hand grenade, military fatigues and a large quantity of cannabis and Captagon pills were seized during the 6 a.m. raid.

It said Hujeiri was wanted on 12 arrest warrants for criminal offenses, including opening fire, robbery, drug trafficking and counterfeiting.





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