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Sunni group claims assassination
of Hezbollah commander

Twitter account for "Free Sunnis of Baalbek Brigade" (Twitter)

BEIRUT - A group calling itself "The Free Sunnis of Baalbek Battalion” claimed Wednesday on Twitter responsibility of the assassination of Hezbollah commander Hajj Hassan Houlo al-Laqis in Beirut’s Hadath.

 

“The Free Sunnis of Baalbek Battalion officially claims the heroic jihadist operation of assassinating the leading member in the party of the devil [Hezbollah] Hassan Houlo al-Laqis in [Hezbollah’s] home ground,” the group wrote on the social networking site.

 

“The jihadist operation was implemented by free Sunni lions from Lebanon,” another tweet said.

 

A leading Hezbollah member was assassinated on Tuesday evening near his house in the Saint Therese area in Hadath, a statement issued by Hezbollah’s press office said.

 

A security source told NOW that the Hajj Hassan Houlo al-Laqis was killed when unknown gunmen opened fire on him when he was inside his car – a green Jeep Cherokee - in the parking lot near his house.

 

He added that Laqis was gravely wounded in the attack and was admitted to Al-Rassoul al-Aazam Hospital where he passed away.

 

Hezbollah’s statement accused Israel of being the main suspect.

 

"This enemy must bear full responsibility for and all the consequences of this heinous crime.”

 

However, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor denied his country’s involvement in the assassination.

Twitter account for "Free Sunnis of Baalbek Brigade" (Twitter)

The jihadist operation was implemented by free Sunni lions from Lebanon.