BEIRUT/TRIPOLI: Masked gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed Thursday a Lebanese Army warrant officer in the northern city of Tripoli, security sources and the military said.
The security sources told The Daily Star the assailants shot Fadi Ali Jbeili, 40, in the back from close range.
The officer, who was in his military fatigues, was attacked at 6:15 a.m. while waiting at the side of the Tripoli Boulevard to take the bus to go to work, the sources added.
They said Jbeili was taken to the local Al-Nini hospital where he soon died.
The Lebanese Army said in a statement that the officer was critically wounded after two masked gunmen fired shots from their pistols toward him. Jbeili died of his wounds soon afterward, the statement added.
It said Lebanese soldiers were pursuing the attackers.
Less than an hour later, gunmen fired one AK-47 shot toward police Corporal Samer Dandashi, but missed him, the security sources said.
Dandashi, who was wearing civilian clothes, was also waiting at the side of the road in Tripoli's Bab al-Raml neighborhood for transport to take him to work in Beirut.
The sources said Dandashi is part of the Russian Embassy security force.