US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken condemned the assassination of the Lebanese activist Luqman Salim, who was found shot dead on Thursday.
In a statement, Blinken urged the Lebanese authorities to “pursue the perpetrators of such barbaric acts without delay or exception,” describing Saleem’s assassination as a “cowardly and unacceptable” crime.
A security source said earlier that Salim was found “killed by gunfire in the head inside his car in Al-Adousiya” in southern Lebanon.
His family had reported his disappearance on Wednesday evening, indicating that he had left a southern village and was supposed to return to Beirut.
Salim (58 years) is a researcher and human rights activist, committed to cultural and political awareness on issues of citizenship and freedoms, and a critic in his articles and TV appearances of Hezbollah.
Hezbollah condemned the killing of Luqman Salim, and called on “the competent judicial and security services in Lebanon to work quickly to detect the perpetrators and punish them.”