Lebanese president accuses Israel's Mossad of murder in Angola

Michel Aoun charges that information obtained by his government indicated that the Israeli intelligence agency was behind the fatal shooting of a Lebanese businessman.

January 5, 2017 14:46
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Michel Aoun

Christian politician and FPM founder Michel Aoun talks during a news conference in Beirut, Lebanon October 20, 2016. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Wednesday accused Israel's Mossad of assassinating a Lebanese national in the Southern African nation of Angola earlier this week.

According to Lebanese media, Aoun charged that information obtained by his government indicated that the Israeli intelligence agency was behind the fatal shooting of Lebanese businessman Amine Bakri, 56. Bakri was reportedly killed near his workplace in the Angolan capital of Luanda on Sunday.

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During a meeting of the Lebanese cabinet, Aoun said that his country's Foreign Ministry was looking further into the incident.

The body of the Lebanese national was due to be repatriated to Lebanon on Thursday, according to Hezbollah-linked TV station al-Manar.

Israel has not commented on the reports.

Reports of the purported murder in Angola emerged Wednesday weeks after the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas blamed Israel for killing one of its operatives in Tunisia.

In mid-December, Hamas accused the Mossad of gunning down a Tunisian national, whom the terrorist organization claimed was one of its drone experts.

Mohhamed Zawari, known to Israel's security echelon as "The Engineer," was found shot to death inside his vehicle in the city of Sfax, local media reported.

Local authorities have claimed that foreign involvement was suspected in the killing.

Israeli officials have also not commented on that report.

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