BEIRUT, Lebanon — Gunmen assassinated a prominent Syrian pro-government figure at his home in southern Lebanon today, shooting him nearly 30 times in the latest sign of Syria’s civil war spilling over into its smaller neighbor.
Mohammed Darrar Jammo was gunned down in the coastal town of Sarafand, a stronghold of Hezbollah. Resentment against the Shiite militant group has grown over its open participation in the Syrian conflict on the side of President Bashar Assad’s forces.
Assassinations of politicians, army officers and journalists who support Assad’s regime are not uncommon in Syria, but the killing of a well-known Syrian in Lebanon is rare. It shook the fiercely pro-Syrian town in Lebanon’s south, largely bypassed by clashes and bombings that have plagued other areas.