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Syrian pro-gov't political analyst assassinated in Lebanon


17:37, July 17, 2013

TYRE, Lebanon, July 17 (Xinhua) -- A Syrian pro-government political analyst was gunned down in an ambush Wednesday by a group of militants in southern Lebanon.

Mohammad Dirar Jammo, the head of political and international relations in the Global Arab Expatriates Organization, was assassinated by an "armed terrorist group" outside his house in al- Sarfand town in southern Lebanon Wednesday morning, said Syrian official SANA news agency.

Jammo, who often appears on Arab TVs to defend the Syrian government, married with a Lebanese woman and lives in the coastal town of Sarfand.

The attackers fled the scene after the attack and investigation has been launched by the Lebanese authority to arrest them, Lebanese security source told Xinhua.

Syrian rebel groups have threatened to strike Lebanon after Hezbollah joined Syrian troops to fight against them.

On Tuesday, a roadside bomb exploded on an international highway linking Lebanon's capital Beirut to Damascus, Syria, near the Al Masnaa crossing point, leaving five people injured.

"The remote-controlled bomb struck a black SUV, which reportedly belongs to a Hezbollah convoy traveling to Damascus," a local security source told Xinhua.

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