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Jordan: Syrian rebel commander killed in family feud

The opposition Syrian National Coalition condemned the killing and said it holds the Assad government ‘responsible for this crime’

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A Syrian rebel commander was shot dead in Amman in an apparent revenge killing by family members, Jordanian police said Sunday as the opposition blamed the Damascus regime for his death.

Maher Rahhal, who headed the Liwa al-Mujahideen Brigade, one of the groups fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, "was shot twice in Abu Nseir district" late Friday, a security official said.

A police statement said that an initial probe and witness accounts indicate that Rahhal’s murder was linked to a “family feud” while the security official said it was not politically motivated.

Police is looking for two Syrian suspected of having killed Rahhal days after he arrived in Jordan.

The opposition Syrian National Coalition condemned the killing in a statement posted on its official website, and said it holds the Assad government "responsible for this crime."

The group urged the Jordanian government to launch "a serious investigation" and arrest those responsible for killing Rahhal.

Jordan, home to more than 600,000 Syrian refugees, has been accused by the government in Damascus of supporting the rebels -- a claim denied by Amman.