The name of the Lebanese researcher and political activist Luqman Salim was on Twitter in Lebanon and the UAE, and the search for his name increased in search engines after he was found killed by a bullet in the head in his car in the Nabatiyeh region in southern Lebanon.
Continued civil reactions to the assassination, which the caretaker Interior Minister Mohamed Fahmy described as a horrific crime, and said that he had contacted the leaders of the security services to follow up on the consequences of the assassination.
The news shook Lebanon, and some considered the killing of Luqman Salim a “return to the assassinations” that Lebanon had suffered in the past.
The matter raised concern that the assassination of Luqman Salim would not be an isolated incident, but rather the beginning of a series of assassinations of “opinion leaders.”
Some recalled the assassination of photographer Joseph Bejani by two unidentified gunmen in front of his house, after he climbed into his car using a silencer.
Many tweets criticized the “absence of the security role.”
While Aswat demanded to reveal the truth of what happened, some expressed a lack of hope in uncovering the perpetrator of the crime.
Not hours had passed since the assassination of Salim Luqman, until the Ministry of Interior began searching, as the minister said, but it may take time.
As news of his assassination spread, commentators linked the crime to the bad relationship between Luqman Salim and the Lebanese Hezbollah, which controls the south, where Salim was killed.
Luqman defined Salim in the headlines as “a fierce opponent of Hezbollah.”
Some circulated a statement that Salim had published earlier saying that he had been threatened and held Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah and Speaker Nabih Berri responsible for his safety and that of his family.
Salim said in the statement: “I hold the de facto forces represented by the person of Hassan Nasrallah and the person of Mr. Nabih Berri fully responsible for what happened and what might happen, and I put myself, my house, the family management and its residents in the protection of the Lebanese security forces, headed by the Lebanese army. Oh God, I have reached.”
On the other hand, some blamed Israel or “other parties” for the assassination of Luqman Salim, which took advantage of the “enmity” between Selim and Hezbollah to complicate the Lebanese situation.
Who is Luqman Salim?
Many have lamented the intellectual and thinker Quman, the founder of the new publishing house. And they considered his death a loss for thought and culture in Lebanon.
Luqman Slim was born in the southern suburbs of Beirut and studied in France, where he obtained a degree in philosophy from the Sorbonne University.
Selim founded Dar Al-Jadid for Publishing and is the director of the Umam Research and Documentation Center, which specializes in “recording Lebanese history and collecting, preserving, and promoting a wide variety of historical documents and artworks among the public.”