Published: Sunday February 3, 2013 MYT 3:09:00 PM
Updated: Sunday February 3, 2013 MYT 9:28:45 PM
Malaysian journalist Claudia Theophilus killed in Lebanon
By KAMATCHY SAPPANI
PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Claudia Theophilus, 42, a producer with Al-Jazeera English Online, was killed in Baakleen, in the mountains of Lebanon at 2.30am (8.30am Malaysian time) on Saturday while on holiday with two friends.
Local police have detained the two people who were with her for questioning and initial police investigations indicate that it may have been a mishap while handling firearms.
When contacted, Ambassador Ilango Karuppannan confirmed she was shot dead but said that details remained sketchy.
He said that her body had been taken to a hospital in Baakleen and an autopsy had been done.
“We are on the way there now,” he told The Star.
He said that she had arrived in Lebanon on Jan 28 to visit her friend whom she had apparently known since 2010.
He said that, according to police investigations, the two and another friend who joined them, had been playing with rifles when one of it went off and the bullet killed her.
A statement from Wisma Putra later Sunday said that local police report had classified the death as an accident while handling a firearm but investigations continue.
Theophilus' family have been informed about her death, the statement said.
Claudia Theophilus was a producer at Al-Jazeera English Online based in Doha, Qatar. She has worked for The Sun and Malaysiakini.
Baakleen is a city located in Mount Lebanon, Chouf District, 45km southeast of Beirut.