Lebanon News

Man slain in Beirut suburb, Bekaa car accident kills one

Newly erected buildings are seen at the Palestinian refugee camp of Burj al-Barajneh, in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. (Mahmoud Kheir/The Daily Star)

BEIRUT: A murder in a Beirut suburb and a fatal car crash in the Bekaa Valley topped Wednesday’s police reports.

In the Burj al-Barajneh Palestinian refugee camp south of Beirut, police are still searching for Hikmat Akar, who is suspected of killing a Palestinian man, Abdel-Karim Audi.

“Audi passed away shortly after being rushed to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the head Wednesday,” the National News Agency said.

The NNA said 29-year-old Hafez Ahmad was arrested for allegedly causing the death of Fouad Naboush, 40, in a car accident in Chtaura.

The NNA said that Naboush was hit by Ahmad’s car as he was crossing a road in Chtaura.

In the Metn town of Dikwaneh, muggers wielding metal tools threatened Boghos Ohanian and took off with his car, while the town of Mreijat in the Bekaa Valley saw a Syrian man, Raed Zahiyeh, mugged by passengers in a minivan in which he was riding.

The assailants took LL100,000 and a cellphone.

In the Beirut neighborhood of Tariq al-Jadideh, police arrested two Palestinians identified as Ahmad S., 21, and Mohammad G., 33, on charges of cocaine possession.

A Lebanese minor, identified as 16-year-old Mohammad M., was also arrested on charges of drug possession.

The NNA said the three men were transferred to judicial authorities and their vehicles confiscated by the Internal Security Forces.

According to the NNA, the ISF detained 48 other people on a variety of charges in various parts of the country. Eleven people were picked up for mugging, six for drug-related crimes, three for forgery, five for entering the country illegally and five for failing to carry identification documents, the NNA reported.

Two people were arrested for suspicion of involvement in a kidnapping ring and four people were apprehended for handing out bad checks while six suspects were arrested for committing various offenses, the agency added. In Baalbek, Mohammad Mowaffaq reported that his car had been stolen near the village of Ras al-Ain.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 14, 2013, on page 4.




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