Syria: Pro-government figure killed in Lebanon

In this image taken from video obtained from Ugarit News, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows shelling of the Al-Qaboun neighborhood in rural Damascus, Syria, Monday, July 15, 2013. After seizing the momentum in recent months in Syria's civil war, President Bashar Assad's forces are on the offensive against the rebels on several fronts, including in Idlib province along the border with Turkey. Government forces are in firm control of the provincial capital of same name, while dozens of rebel brigades control the countryside.(AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video)

BEIRUT (AP) — State-run media in Damascus say gunmen have assassinated a prominent Syrian pro-government figure at his home in southern Lebanon.

The SANA news agency says Mohammed Darrar Jammo was gunned down early on Wednesday outside his home in the southern Lebanese coastal town of Sarafand.

Jammo, a political analyst who often appeared on Arab TV stations, was one of Syrian President Bashar Assad's strongest defenders.

Assassinations of politicians, army officers and journalists are not uncommon in Syria but the killing in Lebanon of a Syrian figure is a rare incident.

Sarafand is in predominantly Shiite southern Lebanon where Assad enjoys wide support.

The shooting is the latest spillover from Syria's civil war, now in its third year, into Lebanon, where people are divided between Assad supporters and opponents.