Accidental shooting causes scare in Beirut

Accidental shooting causes scare in Beirut

One of the bodyguards of Lebanon's top Sunni Muslim cleric mistakenly opened fire while cleaning his weapon, killing a policeman and wounding a passerby Friday, army sources said, DPA reported.

The incident happened near the residence of Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohamed Rashid Qabbani in Beirut, a spokesman for the c,ergyman said.

The shooting caused panic, as many thought it was an attack on the residence of the Grand Mufti, a close ally of caretaker Premier Saad Hariri.

Tension has been high in Lebanon since ministers loyal to the militant Shiite group Hezbollah pulled out of Hariri's government last week, triggering a political crisis.

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