TRIPOLI, Lebanon: Three people, including a Hezbollah activist and a policeman, were killed Thursday when masked gunmen opened fire on a group of men in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, security sources said.
They said two gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire on Husam al-Mouri, a Hezbollah activist based in the northern city, and his two brothers in the Zahrani neighborhood of Tripoli.
Husam was killed instantly, the sources said, adding that a resident from Tripoli’s Bab al-Tabanneh neighborhood identified as Abboudi Akkari and policeman Fayyad Abdallah, who was in the area during the shooting, were also among the fatalities.
They said Mouri’s brothers – Anwar and Hashem – suffered multiple gunshot wounds from an assault rifle in the 1 a.m. shooting.
A bitter dispute had erupted between Mouri and members of the pro-Future Movement Afyouni family during violence that has gripped Tripoli in connection to the Syria war.
Angered over the death of Akkari and Abdallah, gunmen forced their way into the Islamic Hospital in Tripoli, breaking several windows.