Lebanon News

Baalbek official arrested over alleged involvement in murder

Army commandos stand guard in front of the prison in the eastern city of Baalbek , Lebanon, Thursday, April 19, 2012. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)

BAALBEK, Lebanon: A local government official in east Lebanon was detained Thursday over alleged involvement in the killing of a man suspected to have been carried out by his son one day earlier, a security source said.

The source said that Mohammad Awada, a Baalbek mukhtar, was detained over suspicion of concealing information about his son, Hussein, who has been in hiding since Wednesday afternoon when he allegedly shot dead Mohammad Ali Awada in the village of Douris. The two are distant relatives.

The victim was shot in the head and other parts of his body. He was moved to Dar al-Amal Hospital, near the site of the shooting. He succumbed to his wounds shortly after the incident, which took place around 5 p.m., the source added.

The murder came one day after the two men engaged in a fistfight inside Layalina Café in the area of Ras al-Ain. Another dispute had also taken place one week before that.

The security source could not say what the dispute was over. However, he underlined that more than one person participated in the crime and all were on the run.

Army troops have launched a search operation, as shop owners closed their doors over concerns of violent confrontations.

Residents and members of the Awada family told The Daily Star that the suspected murderer was notorious for having committed many crimes in the past.

Hussein had shot up the home of Sobhi Ismail in Baalbek’s Hay al-Masihiya in March after the mukhtar was shot in the legs by members of the Ismail family. The attack by the Ismail family came after to of their members were wounded allegedly by the Awadas in an earlier incident.

 

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