Mayor Ali Hujeiri shot in Lebanon after overseeing hostage swap
Gunmen shot the mayor of a town in Lebanon and killed two of his companions only hours after he oversaw a hostage swap with a rival clan in an area increasingly riven by sectarian divisions.
Mayor Ali Hujeiri, a Sunni from Arsal, was shot in the majority Shiite town of Labweh, as he returned from the hostage exchange with a rival Shiite clan. He was transferred to hospital and doctors said his wounds were not life-threatening.
The sources said the attack was carried out by residents of the area, but did not elaborate.
The attack near the border with Syria highlights how the civil war there has worsened enmity between Lebanese Shiite and Sunni Muslim militias that support opposing sides of the two-year-old conflict.
The Bekaa Valley region, where the attack happened, is religiously mixed.
Some areas are controlled by the Shiite militant Hezbollah group, which is helping President Bashar al-Assad crush the revolt. Other parts, like the town of Arsal, are Sunni, and residents provide a safe haven for majority-Sunni Syrian rebels.
The hostages were being held in relation to an incident in June in which four of Labweh's residents were killed by rebel fighters, the sources said.