This is not the first time the Sunni cleric was subjected to an attack. Last April a group of men harassed him in Sidon , shots were fired which led to the wounding of two of his bodyguards according a to a police report.
Update 1 : The security forces found the car which was used in the assassination attempt against sheikh Maher Hammoud. It is a Toyota, MTV reported
Update 2: MTV also reported that the security forces arrested the owner of the Toyota used in the attack on Sheikh Hammoud. He was not identified
Update 3: Sheikh Hammoud told Voice of Lebanon radio (100.5) that the assailants fired around 20 rounds from a passing vehicle after he went out of his house in Quds square to head for prayers. Hammoud who is closely associated with Hezbollah hinted that “sympathizers with the Syrian opposition could be behind” the assassination attempt.
Hezbollah fighters have been helping the Syrian regime in its crackdown against the Syrian opposition who are seeking to topple the embattled Syrian president Bashar al Assad . Over 150 Hezbollah fighters have reportedly been killed during the past few months in Syria