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British diplomat Rebecca Dykes found dead in Lebanon

British diplomat Rebecca Dykes found dead in Lebanon

A full investigation is under way, but early reports from police suggest the woman was sexually assaulted and strangled after leaving a bar in Gemmayze, an area in the center of the Lebanese capital.

The Foreign Office said it was in contact with the Lebanese authorities.

Authorities in Beirut have arrested a man suspected of killing Rebecca Dykes, a United Kingdom embassy employee.

A spokesman for Uber said: "We are horrified by this senseless act of violence".

Investigators tracked Harb through surveillance footage, which captured his auto in Gemmayzeh and in the area where Dykes's body was found, Awdi said.

Uber drivers in Lebanon need to be licensed and would normally have criminal record checks carried out by the government before being allowed on the streets.

Only drivers that have clean background checks and clean judicial records are licensed, he said. The AP reported that the suspect, a Lebanese national, was detained at his apartment.

Lebanese media said choke marks had been found on her neck and that she had been raped. "Our hearts are with the victim and her family", a company spokesman told AFP in London.

Police traced the suspect's auto through highway surveillance cameras, they said.

Today it emerged a taxi driver who worked for Uber has been arrested on suspicion of killing her.

Dykes was discovered dead at the side of a road near Beirut. After joining the U.K.'s Stabilization Unit, she went on to work for the Foreign Office and DFID in London on projects from Iraq to Libya before moving to Beirut in January 2017.

"The whole embassy is deeply shocked, saddened by this news", Hugo Shorter, British ambassador to Lebanon, wrote on Twitter.

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. "We are doing all we can to understand what happened", her family said.

Rebecca, a keen runner who spoke four languages, had been due to fly home to be with her family for Christmas this weekend. Uber settled the first lawsuit and has agreed to settle the second.

A judicial source told AFP: "The prisoner has confessed that he took advantage of the drunken state of the young woman and he drove towards a highway without her realising".

"There is now a police investigation and the FCO is providing consular support to Becky's family and working with the local authorities".

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