A prominent Syrian pro-regime figure was assassinated outside his home in southern Lebanon early on Wednesday, state-run media in Damascus reported.
Mohammed Darrar Jammo, a political analyst who often appeared on Arab TV stations, was gunned down outside his home in the coastal town of Sarafand by gunmen, the Syrian state news agency SANA reported.
The town is in predominantly Shiite southern Lebanon where Assad enjoys wide support.
SANA blamed an “armed terrorist group” for the killing which took place at around 2 a.m. Lebanese security sources said supporters of the Syrian rebel opposition were the leading suspects.
Jammo was head of the political and international relations division of the International Organization for Arab Immigrants.
He was one of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s strongest defenders, according to The Associated Press.
Assassinations of politicians, army officers and journalists are not uncommon in Syria but the killing in Lebanon of a Syrian figure is a rare incident, the news agency reported.
Jammo’s death is the latest spillover from Syria’s civil war, now in its third year, into Lebanon, where people are divided between Assad supporters and opponents.
Lebanon, whose own 15-year civil war ended in 1990, is struggling to stay on the sidelines of Syria’s conflict. Car bombs and clashes between groups supporting opposite sides of Syria’s war have become increasingly common.
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