Lebanon: Killing of Assad supporter not political

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Associated Press

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 18 at 3:05 PM

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese army says the killing of a Syrian journalist who often spoke out stridently in favor of President Bashar Assad was not politically motivated.

Lebanon's leading LBC TV said Mohammed Darrar Jammo was killed by relatives of his wife.

Syria's civil war has set off political and sectarian tensions in neighboring Lebanon. It was thought the killing was part of that.

The army said in a statement Thursday that military intelligence identified the killers and captured the weapons used in the killing in the southern town of Sarafand.

"Early investigations show there were no political motives behind the attack," the statement said.

Jammo was married to a Lebanese woman. He was killed Wednesday in his home in Sarafand.

Jammo is expected to be buried off Syria's coast on Friday.

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