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Army officer critically wounded in Beirut chase

(The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Several military personnel were wounded, one critically, while pursuing a wanted man in Beirut's southern suburbs Friday, security sources told The Daily Star.

The man in critical condition is a major who was shot in his head. A lieutenant and several soldiers were wounded.

Meanwhile, Antar Karaki, wanted on several arrest warrants, remains at large after managing to flee the Army in Ghobeiri, south Beirut.

Security sources told The Daily Star that Karaki managed to escape to an unknown destination.

In a statement released hours after the afternoon incident, the Army confirmed that two of its officers and a number of soldiers had been wounded in the chase.

In response, the Army deployed more soldiers in the area, cordoned off Ghobeiri and raided several residences in a bid to capture Karaki's accomplices.

The statement added that the military arrested a number of suspects and that it was still in pursuit of Karaki, who is wanted on several charges, including attempted murder of Army soldiers and involvement in armed clashes with members of the Meqdad clan in Beirut's southern suburbs.





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