Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 24 October 2020

Arab stars rally around Nancy Ajram after terrifying house robbery

The Lebanese singer’s property was broken into by an armed assailant

Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram performs during the 2019 Jerash Festival of Culture and Arts at the Jerash archaeological site, Jerash, some 46 km North of Amman, Jordan, on July 20, 2019. EPA
Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram performs during the 2019 Jerash Festival of Culture and Arts at the Jerash archaeological site, Jerash, some 46 km North of Amman, Jordan, on July 20, 2019. EPA

A man was killed on Sunday after breaking into the home of Lebanese pop singer Nancy Ajram.

He scaled the walls of Ajram’s villa in the Keserwan district of Beirut early in the morning and evaded three security guards before entering the property, according to media reports in Beirut.

Once inside, the intruder was confronted by Ajram's husband, celebrity dentist Fadi Al Hashem, who shot and killed the man before police arrived.

According to Lebanon's state run National News Agency, an arrest warrant was issued on Sunday for Al Hashem and an investigation is under way.

Ajram has yet to make an official comment about the incident but it is thought that she and her three children were in the house at the time of the shooting.

Lebanese broadcaster MTV has aired footage allegedly showing the robbery. It said the video was taken from one of the security cameras inside Ajram's home.

It shows the attacker pointing a gun at Al Hashem. After a brief exchange between the men, the footage cuts to the intruder making his way to one of the rooms. A few seconds later, Al Hashem appears with a gun and chases after the man.

The footage ends with Al Hashem shooting at a figure not seen on screen.

Reports suggest the intruder was a 30-year-old Syrian called Mohamed Hasan Al Mousa.

News of the incident went viral on regional social media channels, with Ajram’s peers and fans rallying in support of the singer.

“Thank God for your safety and your family and daughters,” Lebanese singer Elissa said. “I can't imagine what an ugly thing has happened. Thank God, you are okay. May God protect you and your family.”

Emirati-Yemeni singer Balqees tweeted: “Thank God for your and your family's safety. May God protect you from all harm.”

Lebanese singer and actress Cyrine Abdelnour expressed her dismay over the incident. “Frankly, I can't comprehend how heinous this news is. We thank God you and your family are safe and may God protect you and us from all this chaos.”

Ajram's most recent live performance was a New Year’s Eve concert on Abu Dhabi’s Al Maryah Island.

Updated: January 7, 2020 09:43 AM

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