Malaysian journalist shot dead in Lebanon
PETALING JAYA, Feb 3 — A Malaysian, who worked as a producer with Al-Jazeera English online, was shot dead in Lebanon at 2.30am local time (8.30am Malaysian time) yesterday, The Star Online reported this afternoon.
Claudia Theophilus, 42, was in Baakleen, a city located in Mount Lebanon, with two friends when she was shot. One of the friends involved contacted the police who subsequently alerted the Malaysian Embassy in Beirut.
It is understood that both friends are currently being questioned by Lebanon police and that an autopsy has already been conducted at a hospital in Baakleen.
Malaysian Ambassador to Lebanon Ilango Karuppannan told the news portal that although the circumstances surrounding her death were hazy at the moment, initial police investigations had uncovered evidence indicating that Theophilus and her friends were playing with rifles when one went off unexpectedly and killed her.
He also told The Star that Theophilus had been in Lebanon since January 28 to visit a friend.
Bernama reported that Theophilus' family is still waiting for official confirmation, having only received word from her employer in Kuala lumpur.