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Lebanon Arrests Suspect in British Embassy Worker's Killing

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Lebanese Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk (C) tours the streets as he inspects the damage, a day after protests against the government turned into violent clashes with police, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon August 24, 2015.

Lebanese security officials said Monday authorities arrested the suspected killer of a British woman who worked at Britain's embassy in Lebanon.

The officials said investigators believe the killing was not politically motivated. They did not give details about the suspect.

Britain's Foreign Office identified the woman as Rebecca Dykes and said it is working with the local authorities.

Dykes was found Saturday strangled by the side of a road. Security officials said police were investigating whether she was sexually assaulted.

"The whole embassy is deeply shocked, saddened by this news," said British Ambassador to Lebanon Hugo Shorter. "My thoughts are with Becky’s family, friends and colleagues for their tragic loss."

A statement from Dykes' family said they were "devastated by the loss of our beloved Rebecca."

"We are doing all we can to understand what happened. We request that the media respect our privacy as we come together as a family at this very difficult time," the family said.

Dykes had been working in Beirut for nearly a year as the program and policy manager for the Department for International Development, according to the BBC.

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