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Fatah al-Islam bodyguard shot dead

  • A gunman in the camp sits near graffiti that says “Ain al-Hilweh is a red line.”

SIDON, Lebanon: Fatah al-Islam official Bilal Badr's bodyguard was shot early Monday morning in the refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh outside the coastal city of Sidon, south Lebanon.

At least one gunman opened fire at Ali Khalil at 2:00 a.m. in the Safsaf neighborhood of the camp, wounding him in the head.

Khalil was transferred to a medical center inside the camp but Islamist officials then decided to move him to Labib Medical Center outside the camp because he was in critical condition. He later died from his wounds.

Khalil was a bodyguard for Badr, an official with the radical Islamist Fatah al-Islam group, and the nephew of Jund al-Sham official Ousama al-Shahabi. He was also wanted by the Lebanese authorities.

Security sources said that a meeting was being held between Shahabi and Badr in the Safsaf neighborhood shortly before the incident.

The Lebanese security forces arrived at the hospital, inspected the body and took Khalil's fingerprints.

The latest killing comes just weeks after a Sunni Sheikh was fatally shot in Ain al-Hilweh.

Sleiman was the head of a charity linked to Al-Ahbash, an Islamist group that was active during Syria’s wardship of Lebanon.

 
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