Alleged Shooter Arrested, Gunman Shoots Ten People in Baakline

04/25/2020 - 16:36 PM

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Beirut - Ten people were shot dead on Tuesday in the mountain of Backline, security sources reported.

The victims included 9 men and 1 woman which 4 of them were identified as Syrian nationals.

According to the National News Agency, the identity of the gunman and his motives remain unknown.

Baakline’s Mayor stressed that the gunman was shooting randomly from a pump-action rifle and a Kalashnikov assault rifle, saying that the Internal Security Forces are pursuing the perpetrator who fled to nearby fields.

“We are cooperating with the town’s municipality, security, and civil society to prevent any reactions,” he added.

Kataeb leader Samy Gemayel condemned the vicious crime that took the life of nine people, extending his deepest condolences to all the victims’ families.

The shooting comes as Lebanon experiences its worst economic and financial crisis in decades.

The Lebanese Security Forces on Wednesday night arrested the man who shot dead nine people in the village on Baakline earlier this week.

According to the National News Agency, Mazen Harfoush was detained around Ain Baal municipality in the Chouf region.

Based on preliminary investigations, Harfoushe admitted that he killed his wife Manal and his brother Fawzi which brings the total number of deaths to 10, NNA added.

A security source told The Daily Star that six Syrian nationals and three Lebanese were among the victims.

 

 

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