Prominent Hezbollah Critic Shot Dead in Southern Lebanon

Lokman Slim, a Lebanese Shi’ite publisher who was known for criticizing the Iran-backed Hezbollah, was shot and killed in a car in southern Lebanon, according to two security sources and his family on Thursday.

Many fellow political activists of Slim viewed the assassination of the high-profile activist as a warning from the militant group. This has been the first killing of a prominent activist in years.

According to a judge who looked over the case of Slim, the body of the Lebanese Shi’ite commentator had four bullets in the head and one in the back.

A security source also said that Slim’s phone was found on the side of a road.

Officers claimed that the motive behind Slim’s killing is still unclear.

Slim’s wide, Monika Borgmann, made a Twitter port at around 2 a.m. on Thursday, claiming that her husband – who was currently in southern Lebanon that time – was not answering his phone and had been missing since 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

A local news agency reported that the body of the prominent Hezbollah critic was found lifeless inside a car, without a phone or identification.

Later on Thursday, Hezbollah released a short statement to condemn Slim’s murder and urged the security and judicial officials to catch the people responsible for the crime.

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