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Masked gunmen kill policeman in Lebanon's Tripoli

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 01:14

March 28 - Policeman's death in Tripoli comes a day after government approved a security plan for the city, where at least 29 have been killed in last two weeks. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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The scene of the crime in Lebanon. On Friday masked gunmen shot and killed a policeman in Tripoli. It's the second killing of a member of the security forces in two days. Security sources say the policeman was killed instantly when the gunmen opened fire on his car at around 5:30 in the morning. The shooting comes a day after Lebanon's new cabinet approved a security plan for Tripoli, where at least 29 people have been killed in the last two weeks. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LEBANESE CITIZEN FROM TRIPOLI, ABOU MOUSTAFA, SAYING: "We are with the security plan, but what is the security plan they are talking about? The people behind the security plan are the politicians in Tripoli. If the politicians wanted to end it, they would have ended it a long time ago." Fighting has raged in Tripoli this month between members of the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam, and majority Sunni Muslims - who have also clashed with security forces. The violence in Lebanon has been fueled by the civil war in neighboring Syria, where mostly Sunni rebels are battling to topple Alawite President Bashar al-Assad.

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Masked gunmen kill policeman in Lebanon's Tripoli

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 01:14