The Lebanese General Directorate of the Internal Security Forces announced on Sunday evening that it had arrested two brothers suspected of killing a Saudi man, aged 42, less than 24 hours after the crime took place in a southern suburb of Beirut.
The murder, which was committed in a suburb considered within the security control of Hezbollah, raised questions among locals about who was responsible.
A statement issued by the Lebanese Internal Security Forces said: “A crime was committed on Saturday night in the Sfeir locality near Al-Raya stadium, and it was found that the victim was M.M. (born in 1980, a Saudi national) after he was stabbed with a knife.”
A Lebanese security source confirmed to Reuters that the victim of the knife attack was called Mana Al-Yami.
The Directorate of Security Forces said that regional police forces “found that the 2 brothers murdered their brother for family and personal reasons, and then fled to an unknown destination, both of Saudi nationality A.M. (born in 1976). and H.M. (born in 1990).”
The statement added that: “The secret units intensified their investigations to determine their whereabouts, and on Sunday, information was available about their presence in one of the apartments in the Sfeir locality.
“Immediately, their whereabouts were raided by a patrol from the Burj Al-Barajneh faction with the support of a joint force from the suburban secret units, where they were arrested and the crime instrument seized.
“By interrogating the two suspects, they confessed that they had killed their brother for family reasons.”
The Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Walid Bukhari tweeted to commend the “efforts of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces, with all its members and leadership, to uncover the facts and bring the perpetrators to justice.”