TRIPOLI, Lebanon: Masked gunmen fired into a café in Tripoli, north Lebanon, early Tuesday morning, killing one man and wounding three others, security sources said.
The sources told The Daily Star unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire at Al-Ward Café in the Tripoli neighborhood of Qibbeh at 1 a.m., wounding the café owner and three people.
The casualties were rushed to a local hospital where Nazir Ahmad Kaakour died of his wounds.
The wounded included the owner of the café, Hatem al-Ward, and retired Lebanese Army soldier Abu Rami Qaddour.
The motive behind the shooting was not known. Kaakour, however, fought alongside fighters in the predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh in previous rounds of battles against the mainly Alawite Jabal Mohsen.
The on-again-off-again fighting between the two rival Tripoli neighborhoods has been linked to the war in next-door Syria with Bab al-Tabbaneh residents standing in support of rebels and Jabal Mohsen backing Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Angry gunmen fired shots into the air as Kaakour’s body was taken from hospital for burial later in the day.