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Hostage standoff at Beirut bank ends with gunman's arrest

Bassam al-Sheikh Hussein, a 42-year-old food-delivery driver, was promptly arrested and taken away by police as he walked out of the bank. No one was injured.

A bank employee leaves the Federal Bank of Lebanon, after being held hostage by an armed customer demanding the return of his bank deposits, in the capital Beirut's Hamra street.(AFP)
A bank employee leaves the Federal Bank of Lebanon, after being held hostage by an armed customer demanding the return of his bank deposits, in the capital Beirut's Hamra street.(AFP)
Published on Aug 12, 2022 04:37 AM IST

Lebanese customs chief arrested over Beirut blast

The head of Lebanon’s customs authority was formally arrested on Monday after being questioned over the massive explosion in Beirut earlier this month, the state-run National News Agency reported.

A view shows the damage at the site of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon August 17, 2020.(Reuters photo)
A view shows the damage at the site of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon August 17, 2020.(Reuters photo)
Updated on Aug 18, 2020 04:12 PM IST
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