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Three police officers wounded in Arsal chase

File - Lebanese soldiers are seen on an armored personnel carrier on the road leading to Arsal in northeast Lebanon Wednesday March 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)

BEIRUT: Three police officers were wounded Friday chasing a wanted man in the northeastern border village of Arsal, security sources said.

The sources told The Daily Star that Mustafa Khaled Hujeiri had thrown three hand grenades at the police officers who were trying to detain him over an arrest warrant.

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 worked in coordination with the 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 threw three hand grenades at the police unit that raided his house in the Arsal neighborhood of Hay Abu Zaidan. The statement said the 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 in the 6 a.m. raid.

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

A separate ISF statement Friday said it had apprehended 24 wanted suspects the day before in the Bekaa Valley, including the head of a theft ring. The suspects were charged with drug dealing, theft and other crimes.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 17, 2014, on page 3.




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