Middle East Online
BEIRUT - A top Syrian official was assassinated by armed
men Wednesday outside his home in south Lebanon, reports and an
official said, in the first such killing on Lebanese soil.
Syrian news agency SANA named the official as
Mohammad Darrar Jamo, who is head of the political and
international relations division of the International
Organisation for Arab Immigrants.
It said he was shot dead "by terrorists" in front
of his house in Sarafand in south Lebanon, without specifying
when he was killed.
Syrian regime officials refer to rebels fighting President
Bashar al-Assad's forces as "terrorists".
A Lebanese security official said Jamo was killed
in the early hours of Wednesday.
"Mr Jamo was shot dead by armed men at about two
in the morning as he was about to enter his home in Sarafand
where he lives with his Lebanese wife," the official said.
"They shot him with 20 bullets in different parts
of his body," he said.
Jamo was known to be a pro-regime Syrian political expert who
often appeared on Lebanese television.