British diplomat found dead in Beirut was murdered, police believe

British diplomat found dead in Beirut was murdered, police believe

Police have launched an investigation after a woman working at the British Embassy was found strangled on a roadside outside the capitol city of Beirut on Saturday, Lebanese officials said. The expressway is a mountain road that links the coastal area of Metn north and east of Beirut with the town of Baabdat in the hills of Mount Lebanon.

Local police say a second post-mortem examination is to be carried out later. He added that authorities are investigating whether she was sexually assaulted.

Ms Dykes family said: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Rebecca".

Hugo Shorter, the British Ambassador to Lebanon, tweeted that the whole embassy was "deeply shocked" and "saddened" by the news.

The University of Manchester graduate also had a masters in International Security and Global Governance from Birkbeck, University of London.

A spokesman for the U.K.'s Department for International Development said an investigation into the death is being conducted. "We are doing all we can to understand what happened", the family said. "We request that the media respect our privacy", Dykes' family said in a statement. She previously worked in Libya and Iraq as a policy manager and research analyst with Britain's Foreign Office.

'We remain in close contact with local authorities. "Our thoughts are with the family at this hard time", the spokesperson added.