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UK embassy worker found dead on the side of a motorway in Lebanon

The BBC reports that Rebecca Dykes’ body was found on the side of a motorway yesterday.

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A BRITISH DIPLOMAT was found strangled by the side of the road east of the Lebanese capital Beirut yesterday.

Authorities are investigating whether she was also sexually assaulted, Lebanese officials said.

Britain’s Foreign Office in London confirmed the death of the diplomat, named by British media and her friends as Rebecca Dykes.

It said it was providing support to the family and declined to provide further details. A spokesperson at the embassy in Beirut also confirmed the death but didn’t name the diplomat.

In a statement released by the Foreign Office, the family requested that the media respect their privacy “at this very difficult time”.

“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Rebecca. We are doing all we can to understand what happened,” her family said.

Friends said she was flying home for Christmas that day.

A Lebanese security official confirmed that the body of a woman was found by the side of a road east of Beirut early Saturday and that she was later identified as a staffer at the British embassy in Lebanon.

A forensic official told The Associated Press authorities are investigating the exact cause of the woman’s death, and whether she was sexually assaulted. He said the woman, believed to be 30-years old, had been strangled with a rope.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorised to speak to reporters.

“Our first impression is that it’s not politically motivated,” another official, who is involved in the investigation, told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

With reporting from AFP

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