Lebanese pro-Hezbollah sheikh critically wounded in shooting

November 12, 2013 12:01

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.

Tripoli 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.

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