SIDON, Lebanon — A French Jesuit priest was assassinated in the office of a university today by a gunman who pumped three bullets into his head using a pistol with a silencer.
Police said that 43-year-old Andre Masse died instantly and that the gunman and two henchmen walked calmly away.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Masse, director of the Sidon branch of Lebanon's Saint Joseph University, was a week away from taking up a new appointment at the main campus in Beirut.
It was the first murder of a French national in Lebanon since military attache Col. Christian Gouttierre was shot in the head outside the French Embassy in East Beirut a year ago.
Police quoted the priest's secretary, Imam Sabbah, as saying three clean-shaven men aged around 18 to 21 came to her office.