A Lebanese army officer was shot dead in the country’s second city of Tripoli during fighting between rival sects on Thursday, a security source and state media said.

Lebanon’s National News Agency said masked men on a motorcycle had opened fire on the officer, Fadi al-Jbaili, at around 6:30 a.m., killing him instantly.

Fighting between Tripoli’s Sunni Muslims and members of the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shi’ite Islam, has killed at least 28 people over the last two weeks. […]