Lebanese security authorities have detained a man suspected of shooting at the U.S. embassy last week, according to two distinct security sources.
The suspect is a Lebanese male. Authorities also confiscated ammunition found in his possession.
The shooting itself unfolded late on a Wednesday evening near the heavily fortified U.S. embassy. The embassy is located in the town of Awkar, which lies to the north of Lebanon’s capital, Beirut.
It’s worth noting that security breaches or incidents around this particular facility are a rarity.
Dorothy Shea, the U.S. ambassador to Lebanon, expressed her lack of intimidation by the event. “We know that authorities are investigating this incident,” she noted, following a meeting with Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, who denounced the act.
This incident has historical significance, considering the U.S. embassy’s move from Beirut to Awkar. The move was prompted by a tragic and devastating suicide bombing back in 1983 in Beirut.