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Uber driver arrested in connection with murder of British embassy worker in Lebanon

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Uber driver arrested in connection to murder of British embassy worker in Lebanon

Police in Lebanon have arrested an Uber driver in connection with the murder of a British embassy worker whose lifeless body was found strangled near a highway outside the capital of Beirut.

According to a senior Lebanese security source, the Lebanese suspect who was arrested in connection with the murder of the victim identified as Rebecca Dykes is a driver for Uber and has previous criminal violations.

An Uber spokesman said in an email: “We are horrified by this senseless act of violence. Our hearts are with the victim and her family. We are working with authorities to assist their investigation in any way they can”.

Read also: LEBANON: Police find strangled body of British embassy worker

The family of the victim had issued a statement through the British foreign ministry but did not give details of the circumstances surrounding the death of the embassy worker.

“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Rebecca. We are doing all we can to understand what happened,” the family said.

Britain’s ambassador to Lebanon, Hugo Shorter, tweeted: “The whole embassy is deeply shocked, saddened by this news.”

Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces said on Saturday that the body of a woman who had been strangled had been found by a highway outside Beirut.

Dykes had previously worked in London on diplomatic programmes related to Iraq and Libya.

 

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