Lebanon: Killing of Assad supporter not political

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Fatima, right, daughter of Mohammed Darrar Jammo a Syrian political analyst and one of Syrian President Bashar Assad's strongest defenders, who was gunned down inside his home, is comforted by a relative as she mourns her father, in the southern coastal town of Sarafand, Lebanon, Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Clashes between pro and anti-Syrian groups in Lebanon have left scores of people dead in the past months in a spillover of Syria's civil war into its smaller neighbor. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese army says the killing of a Syrian journalist who often spoke out stridently in favor of President Bashar Assad was not politically motivated.

Lebanon's leading LBC TV said Mohammed Darrar Jammo was killed by relatives of his wife.

Syria's civil war has set off political and sectarian tensions in neighboring Lebanon. It was thought the killing was part of that.

The army said in a statement Thursday that military intelligence identified the killers and captured the weapons used in the killing in the southern town of Sarafand.

"Early investigations show there were no political motives behind the attack," the statement said.

Jammo was married to a Lebanese woman. He was killed Wednesday in his home in Sarafand.

Jammo is expected to be buried off Syria's coast on Friday.