URGENT ¥¥¥ Iranian official killed by armed men in Syria: embassy

An Iranian official was killed in Syria overnight by "armed terrorists" while travelling from Damascus towards Lebanon, the Iranian embassy in Beirut said in a statement on Thursday.

It named the official as Husam Khosh Navis and said he was in charge of an "Iranian commission for the reconstruction of Lebanon" that was set up after the devastating war in 2006 between Israel and Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah militia, which is supported by Iran.