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Hezbollah commander Hassan Lakkis killed in Beirut

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Hassan Lakkis (pictured) was reputedly close to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. Cred; BBC

Hassan Lakkis (pictured) was reputedly close to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. Cred; BBC

The BBC reports that a senior commander of the Lebanese Shia militant group Hezbollah has been killed near Beirut, the group says.

Hassan Lakkis was “assassinated” near his home in Hadath – 7km (4.3 miles) south-east of the Lebanese capital, Hezbollah TV channel Al-Manar said.

Hezbollah blamed Israel for his death but Israel denies the accusation.

The BBC’s Jim Muir, in Beirut, says little is known publicly about Lakkis, but he was reputedly close to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.

The news comes a day after Hassan Nasrallah said Saudi Arabia was behind last month’s bombings outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut.

Iran is a major backer of Hezbollah, which has sent fighters to Syria to back the government of Bashar al-Assad.

The conflict in Syria has increased sectarian tensions in its smaller neighbour.

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