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Son of Baalbek official arrested 4 days after murder

File - Lebanese Army tanks deploy to the northeastern town of Ras Baalbek during clashes on the outskirts of the town with Islamist militants, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)

BAALBEK, Lebanon: Authorities arrested the son of a local government official in east Lebanon Sunday over suspicion of being behind the murder of a distant relative last week.

Hussein Awada, the son of Baalbek Mukhtar Mohammad Awada, was finally arrested Sunday after four days of being pursued by the Army and security forces.

The man is suspected of killing Mohammad Ali Awada, a distant relative of his, in the Baalbek village of Douris.

The mukhtar has also been detained since Thursday over suspicion of concealing information about his son's whereabouts.

Hussein and a group of men, who remain at large, stepped out of a car and shot the victim dead Wednesday, the source explained. Security forces are still searching for the other accomplices.

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 between the two had also taken place one week prior.

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 pm, the source added.

Residents of Douris 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 previously 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 two members of their family were wounded allegedly by the Awadas in an earlier incident.

 

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