The 26-year-old man who recently fired shots at the U.S. embassy in Awkar had also targeted a foreign embassy compound in Beirut, according to the Internal Security Forces (ISF).
The ISF revealed that the man admitted to the Beirut shooting during further questioning. He rationalized his actions by citing a prior verbal altercation with a convoy on the Ring highway.
The ISF confirmed his confession by matching the seized weapon with empty bullet cartridges found at the Beirut shooting site. Previously, the man had claimed that he attacked the U.S. embassy in Awkar in retaliation for an insult by the guards two months prior.
The individual, a delivery driver, had also sought asylum in Poland in 2021 but was deported following a conflict with a Polish officer. After returning to Lebanon, he fired at the General Directorate of General Security building in Adliyeh on three separate occasions, as per an earlier ISF statement.
His attack on the U.S. embassy coincided with the 39th anniversary of the 1984 bombing in Awkar, which resulted in 14 deaths.