Gunmen on a motorcycle shot and
critically wounded a Lebanese sheikh who supports the Shi'ite
militant Hezbollah group in the northern city of Tripoli on
Tuesday, security sources said.
Saadeddine Ghiyyeh, an official in the Islamic Action Front,
was shot multiple times in his car as he was leaving home.
A photo on the National News Agency
's website appeared to
show Ghiyyeh lying face down in his car with a head wound.
has seen on-off clashes between Sunni Muslim
militants who support a revolt against President Bashar Assad
in neighbouring Syria
and Lebanese members of Assad's own
Alawite sect, which is an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam.
Ghiyyeh is a Sunni, but supports Hezbollah, and is close to
prominent pro-Assad figures in Tripoli
. This is the second
attempt on his life. In September, he was lightly wounded when
his car exploded moments after he parked it.