Lebanese soldiers kill two anti-Assad group members

Reuters News
Posted: May 20, 2012 7:39 AM
Lebanese soldiers kill two anti-Assad group members

TRIPOLI, Lebanon (Reuters) - Lebanese soldiers shot dead a Sunni cleric and a second member of an anti-Assad Lebanese political alliance in northern Lebanon on Sunday, security sources said.

Sheikh Ahmed Abdul Wahid and Khaled Miraib, members of the March 14 alliance, were shot in their car as they sped through an army checkpoint without stopping, the sources said.

Residents of the northern region of Akkar said that they had blocked off roads to protest against the deaths.

The army confirmed in a statement that the two men had been shot but gave no details.

"The leadership of the army expresses deep regret for the death of the two victims ... it will immediately form an investigative committee comprised of senior officers and military police under the relevant court," the statement said.

(Reporting by Nazih Saddiq in Tripoli and Laila Bassam in Beirut; Writing by Oliver Holmes; Editing by Louise Ireland)