BEIRUT: Three Lebanese Mexican businessmen were killed by gunmen in Mexico in the past week, Abdul-Karim Naim Nasser, mayor of the Zahrani town of Arkey said Wednesday. Funeral services will be held for Alfred Fouad Shakroun in the town of Arkey upon the arrival of his body Thursday, said Nasser. According to Nasser, Shakroun was killed when gunmen tried to kidnap him as he was walking to his car after a dinner. “Shakroun was in his thirties and was working as a jewelry tradesman in Mexico,” Nasser said. The mayor also said that Abdul-Aziz Dib, another businessman in Mexico was killed by gunmen last week. “Twenty-four hours before the killing of Shakroun, gunmen attempted to impose protection money on Dib’s company, and they shot him when he refused to give money.” Nasser added that another Lebanese from Jbeil’s Qartaba was killed in front of his house in Mexico’s Acapulco. “Thirty-six-year-old engineer Semaan Sokhn was shot in the head,” the mayor said. Prayers for Sokhn will be held at St. Elias Church in Qartaba Saturday.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on November 01, 2012, on page 4.