Mayor of Lebanon’s Baalbek shot by armed assailants

Lebanese army Special Forces on patrol in Ras Baalbek (file photo)

Lebanese army Special Forces on patrol in Ras Baalbek (file photo)

The mayor of Lebanon’s eastern city of Baalbek has been shot in the legs by armed assailants in an apparent drive-by assassination attempt.

The attack took place at about 8:30 Monday morning when gunmen in a Honda-CRV approached Mayor Mohammad Awada’s automobile, opening the door and firing weapons, striking the mayor in the legs, said a security source as cited in a report by Lebanon’s Daily Star news outlet.

According to the source, the shooting incident in the Baalbek neighborhood of Ras Al-Ain was the outcome of a “personal dispute,” the report added without elaborating.

The mayor was immediately transferred to a local hospital for treatment as reports indicated that his wounds are not life-threatening.

By Press TV