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    British diplomat found dead near Beirut after being raped

    A female British diplomat has been found dead after being strangled in Beirut and officials are investigating whether she was sexually assaulted before the attack.
    Rebecca Dykes, 30, was found dead on Saturday close to the Metn expressway, in Lebanon’s capital, reports Al Jadeed TV.
    Police are tonight probing whether Ms Dykes, from London, had been raped before she was found dead.
    Ms Dykes started working for the government in 2010 and she had been at a bar in the centre of the city on Friday night before she was attacked after midnight.
    Her body has reportedly been transferred to the Dahr al-Bashak Hospital for a post-mortem examination. A forensic official revealed she had been strangled with a rope.
    Another official involved in the investigation said the crime did not appear to be ‘politically motivated’. 
    The Lebanese official said her body was found ‘on the side of the Emile Lahoud road’, just north of Beirut.  
    Al Jadeed TV reports Ms Dykes had been raped and the official said investigators are probing whether she was sexually assaulted.
    British Ambassador to Lebanon, Hugo Shorter, said: ‘The whole embassy is deeply shocked and saddened by this news. 

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