BEIRUT: An attempted arrest near the Airport Road in Beirut’s southern suburbs was foiled when three armed men in a car shot at police, security sources said Thursday.
The sources told The Daily Star that personnel from the Anti-Drug Department of the Judicial Police were trying to apprehend a man wanted on drug trafficking charges near Al-Saha restaurant, just off the Airport Road.
When the police vehicle approached the suspect it was cut off by a dark blue Nissan with tinted windows, and three men inside opened fire, causing the police to return fire.
A man, 44, was wounded at a nearby gas station in the gunfire, the sources said, as the armed men and the suspect managed to flee.
In Sin al-Fil, an Internal Security Forces patrol detained a man who allegedly robbed a pharmacy and committed a string of muggings. Sources told The Daily Star that Amer Nmeir, 35, was stopped while riding a motorbike without license plates and wearing a black hat and a mask over his face.
When police searched him they found a pistol and knife, and a background check found that he was wanted for allegedly robbing the Qobti Pharmacy in Jisr al-Basha in late January. The sources said Nmeir confessed to drug use and a large number of muggings, along with an accomplice.
Police reports also recorded several muggings, as three armed men on a black motorcycle mugged a Bengali national on Airport Road south of Beirut. Yaacoub Ali Abu Bashir was robbed of $600 and LL50,000.
Overnight Thursday in Damour, two masked men pulled a gun on two Syrians after they entered an orchard. The Syrians were able to flee and the assailants sped off in a car that they had parked nearby, police sources said.
Police sources also reported a series of thefts around the country. They said Qozhaya Eid was the victim of a break-in in rural Jbeil, near Qartaba. The thieves broke into his house and stole a pistol, machine gun and two hunting rifles, worth $7,000. Also in Jbeil, the home of Aida Wehbe was broken into by thieves, who made off with $4,000 in jewelry, police sources said.
In Fnaydeq, Akkar, thieves broke into the home of Rabah Hasan and made off with an estimated LL10 million, while in Nabatieh, the home of Hussam al-Ash was targeted by thieves, who made off with $10,500 and 5,500 Syrian pounds. In Taalabaya in Zahle, Bashir Barazi reported that his Mercedes was stolen while parked behind the Bekaa Hospital.