Lebanese Christian leader says he escaped assassination attempt

Beirut, Lebanon - The leader of Lebanon’s largest Christian bloc in parliament, which supports the Syrian-backed Shiite Hezbollah group, says he was the target of a failed assassination attempt when his convoy came under fire.

Tensions in Lebanon linked to the conflict in neighboring Syria are on the rise.

Michel Aoun said in comments carried by his party’s website Sunday that gunmen shot at one of the cars in his convoy in the predominantly Sunni southern port city of Sidon late Saturday.

Interior minister Marwan Charbel confirmed the shooting and said investigations were under way to determine whether it was an assassination attempt.

Saturday’s attack is the latest reported attempt to assassinate a prominent Christian politician in Lebanon in the past few months.