Syria: Pro-government figure killed in Lebanon

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BEIRUT (AP) — State-run media in Damascus say gunmen have assassinated a prominent Syrian pro-government figure at his home in southern Lebanon.

The SANA news agency says Mohammed Darrar Jammo was gunned down early on Wednesday outside his home in the southern Lebanese coastal town of Sarafand.

Jammo, a political analyst who often appeared on Arab TV stations, was one of Syrian President Bashar Assad's strongest defenders.

Assassinations of politicians, army officers and journalists are not uncommon in Syria but the killing in Lebanon of a Syrian figure is a rare incident.

Sarafand is in predominantly Shiite southern Lebanon where Assad enjoys wide support.

The shooting is the latest spillover from Syria's civil war, now in its third year, into Lebanon, where people are divided between Assad supporters and opponents.

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