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Conflict Incident Report

Yves Nawfal attacker arrested

Date of incident: 
January 14, 2015
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The main attacker of a young man who was shot dead last week was finally apprehended, Wednesday evening, a security source told The Daily Star.

Charbel Georges Khalil who gave orders to shoot down 27-year-old Yves Nawfal over a personal dispute was arrested in the Baalbek town of Brital, in east Lebanon by a unit from the Internal Security Force’s Information Branch.

Khalil had been on the run, his whereabouts unknown for more than 10 days since he attacked Nawfal near a pub in the Kesrouan area of Ayoun al-Siman. The security source said Khalil was hiding in a house in Brital, which is notorious for being a zone of unlaw.

On their Twitter account, the ISF said it found Khalil’s Jeep Wrangler in the Kesrouan region of Baqaata-Ashqout.

Nawfal succumbed to his wounds over the weekend. He was celebrating his birthday at a pub in Kfardebian when he became involved in a brief fistfight with another group over an offhand comment made to a woman.

Nawfal’s lead attacker, Khalil who became especially aggravated after he was hit by a loose jab ordered his associates not let Nawfal get to Beirut alive.

Armed with a pistol and an automatic gun, the attackers sprayed the Subaru with bullets, leaving Nawfal heavily wounded from four shots.

Nawfal succumbed to his wounds Saturday morning, while the perpetrators were still at large. A massive social media campaign demanding that the attackers be brought to justice ensued.

In its statement, the ISF said it will continue its investigations “to arrest all those involved in the attack and those who helped them evade security forces.”

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Individual acts of violence
Violent incidents which do not have a specific or a known political agenda but are caused by the general proliferation of weapons, of trained and untrained soldiers or militants, by the general inefficiency of the Justice system, and past-traditions and histories of violence within society.