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.
A major, who was shot in the head, has been left in a critical condition.
Several soldiers and a lieutenant were also wounded.
Meanwhile, Antar Karaki, wanted on several charges, 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 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 residences in a bid to capture Karaki’s accomplices.
The statement added that the military arrested a number of suspects but that it was still in pursuit of Karaki.
Karaki is wanted on several charges, including the attempted murder of Army soldiers and of being involved in a series of armed clashes with members of the Meqdad clan in the southern suburbs of Beirut.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on September 22, 2012, on page 2.