Gunmen shoot Lebanese mayor

The sources said the attack was carried out by residents of the area, but did not elaborate.

Gunmen shoot Lebanese mayor

World Bulletin / News Desk

Gunmen shot the mayor of a town in Lebanon and killed two of his companions only hours after he oversaw a hostage swap with a rival clan, security sources said on Sunday.

Mayor Ali Hujeiri, from the town of Arsal, was shot in the majority town of Labweh as he returned from the hostage exchange with a rival clan. He was transferred to hospital and doctors said his wounds were not life-threatening.

The sources said the attack was carried out by residents of the area, but did not elaborate.

The Bekaa Valley region, where the attack happened, is religiously mixed. Some areas are controlled by the Hezbollah group which is helping President Bashar al-Assad crush the revolt. Other parts, like Arsal, are Sunni, and residents provide a safe haven for majority-Sunni Syrian rebels.

The hostages were being held in relation to an incident in June in which four of Labweh's residents were killed by rebel fighters, the sources said.

Last Mod: 11 Ağustos 2013, 17:13
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