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Wanted man dies
after army pursuit

Members of the Lebanese security forces dismantle a car bomb at the entrance of the Lebanese border town of Arsal, in the Beqaa valley. (AFP PHOTO / STR)

BEIRUT – Sami Al-Atrash, a Lebanese man wanted for firing missiles at Beqaa towns and assisting Syrian rebels, died of wounds inflicted as he was pursued by the Lebanese Armed Forces on Thursday.

 

A security source told NOW that Atrash died after being arrested and taken to the Al-Amal Hospital in the Beqaa. A source from the hospital confirmed his death.

 

An LAF patrol ambushed Atrash on the Al-Jamaliyya road on the outskirts of Arsal, NOW’s correspondent reported earlier Thursday.

 

Atrash fled to the house of another man, identified as Ahmad Ezzeddine, prompting the army to open fire and shoot him.

 

The site’s correspondent added that “local party members and security forces cordoned off” the Al-Amal Hospital where he was rushed for treatment.

 

In a statement issued later in the day, the LAF laid out a number of charges against Atrash. He was wanted for firing rockets at towns in the Beqaa, preparing booby-trapped cars, detaining citizens, providing aid to Syrian rebel fighters, participating in the killing of four civilians in Arsal’s Wadi Rafeq, killing soldiers in Arsal’s Wadi Hamid, and plotting to target an LAF officer.

 

Atrash had previously served in the Lebanese army, but had been expelled.

Members of the Lebanese security forces dismantle a car bomb at the entrance of the Lebanese border town of Arsal, in the Beqaa valley. (AFP PHOTO / STR)

Atrash was previously a soldier in the Lebanese army, but had been expelled.