1 person killed in sectarian clashes in Lebanon


BEIRUT (AP) — Security officials say shooting between Sunni and Shiite Muslim gunmen in southern Lebanon has killed one person and wounded at least three.

The officials say the clashes between followers of hardline Sunni cleric Sheik Ahmad al-Assir and members of the Shiite militant group Hezbollah broke out after Shiite religious banners were raised in the port city of Sidon.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, say al-Assir's bodyguard was killed in Sunday's shooting and the wounded included a Hezbollah commander.

Sectarian tensions have been rising in Lebanon in connection with the civil war in neighboring Syria and last month's assassination of a senior anti-Syrian intelligence official.

The killing of Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, a Sunni Muslim, sparked sectarian violence that killed at least 13 people.