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Gunmen Rob a Syrian, Injure a Policeman in a Car Chase
Three armed men robbed a Syrian national at gunpoint after stopping his car in the neighborhood of Bar Elias in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa valley, and slightly injured a policeman in the chase, the state-run National News Agency reported on Sunday .
The assailants were driving a silver Grand Cherokee when they intercepted on the Bar Elias road the vehicle of Haitham Mohammed al-Nowaylati who had two other passengers in his car, and forced them to the ground.
The gunmen stole $5400 in cash in addition to the 4WD Audi that Nowaylati was driving and fled to an unknown destination.
Meanwhile, a patrol of the Intelligence Branch happened to pass by the scene of the incident where the victims relayed the story.
The police kicked off a chase behind the two cars that started on the Zahle highway all the way to the Ablah road.
An exchange of fire compelled the suspects to leave the stolen Audi, broken from the shooting, in the town of Ablah near an army checkpoint to continue their escape using the other vehicle.
But the police continued the gunned chase to later find the Cherokee deserted on a subsidiary road before the al-Litani bridge showing traces of blood inside.
The shooting slightly injured a member of the police.