Police investigating death of British embassy worker in Beirut

19 December, 2017, 11:45 | Author: Myrtle Cook
  • Beirut murder

But a forensic official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to talk to reporters, said more tests are being done to determine whether Dykes was raped.

In a statement posted on social media, her mother wrote: "RIP Rebecca Dykes 1987-2017".

The grieving family and friends of Hong Kong-raised Rebecca Dykes - the British diplomatic worker brutally murdered in Lebanon at the weekend - were on Monday night coming to terms with what they described as her "gruesome" killing.

According to Dykes' social media profiles, she was employed by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) which also issued a statement following confirmation of her death. My thoughts are with Becky's family, friends and colleagues for their tragic loss.

Dykes had experience working in a number of Middle Eastern countries; before working in Beirut, she had worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the Libya team acting as a policy manager, before that she had worked as an Iraq Research Analyst with the FCO.

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A senior security official had told AFP that strangulation was the likely cause of death and added that Dykes was found with string tied around her neck. Markings on her body indicate that a tiny rope was used to strangle her and that she fought her attacker, the official said. Please send prayers to her, and respect the privacy of our family during this time. Our hearts are with the victim and her family.

The British Embassy in Lebanon confirmed on Sunday the death of one of its nationals in Lebanon.

"There is now a police investigation and the FCO is providing consular support to Becky's family and working with the local authorities". "We're providing consular support to her family & working very closely with Lebanese authorities who are conducting police investigation".

"We remain in close contact with local authorities".

Lebanon's state news agency NNA identified the suspect by the first name Tariq and the initial H, and said he had picked Dykes up in his taxi in Beirut's Gemmayzeh district on Friday evening before assaulting and killing her.

It is thought she was abducted some time after and killed.

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