Gunmen ambushed the convoy of a Lebanese government minister in the northern city of Tripoli on Friday, January 18, wounding three people and riddling a security patrol car with bullets, Reuters reported. The official, Minister of Sports and Youth Faisal Karami, appeared to be unhurt, medics said. The attack coincided with a weekly protest demanding the release of several Islamists detained in Lebanese prisons. The port city of Tripoli has long been a stronghold of Sunni Islamists in northern Lebanon. But the city has become increasingly volatile in recent months due to the civil war in neighboring Syria, where the Sunni majority is leading a revolt against President Bashar Assad. Supporters of either side have clashed frequently, heightening fears that the war is spilling over into Lebanon.