Man stabs wife in ‘honor killing,’ shoots eight others dead in Lebanon

Lebanese police wear face masks as they stand guard during an anti-government protest, amid a countrywide lockdown to combat the spread of the coronavirus, in Beirut. (Reuters)

A man slaughtered his wife and shot dead eight other people, including his brother, in a Lebanese town on Tuesday in the country's worst mass shooting in years, a security source said.

The source said authorities caught the man, who had been on the loose after killing his wife with a knife and then going on a shooting rampage in Baakline, 45 km (30 miles) south of the capital Beirut.

The shooter had used a pump-action rifle, the source and state news agency NNA said. NNA said the motive remained unclear.

The security source said that it was a suspected “honour killing”and that five of those killed were Syrian, including two children aged 15 and 10, at the house under construction where the shooting took place.

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