A Syrian worker has been killed near the city of Tripoli in northern Lebanon after gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Syrian workers shortly after Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri's visit to Damascus.
Several other people were injured when the vehicle, which had 25 people onboard, was fired on as it travelled along the main highway between Syria and Lebanon on Monday.
The man killed in the incident was identified as a 17-year-old labourer. Those injured were apparently struck by glass.
Syria denounced the attack while a member of Hariri's bloc said it was aimed at disrupting policies of the Lebanese prime minister, who completed on Sunday a two-day visit to Damascus for talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
It was Hariri's first trip to Damascus since the 2005 assassination of his father, ex-prime minister Rafiq Hariri -- a killing that he and his US-backed allies in Beirut accused Syria.
"What happened is not just a simple incident ... I think somebody is trying to create strife and disturb Hariri's political direction," Ahmed Fatfat, a member of parliament from Hariri's bloc, told Lebanese TV channel LBC.
Hariri said on Sunday he agreed with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on practical steps to open up new horizons in ties between the two Arab neighbours.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem described the shooting as a "criminal act". In a telephone call to his Lebanese counterpart, he asked to be informed "as soon as possible" on the results of investigations into the attack, Syria's state news agency (SANA) reported.
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