Hezbollah says that one of its commanders has been "assassinated" outside of his home in Lebanon's capital of Beirut.

A statement issued by the group Wednesday said Hussein al-Laqis was killed as he returned home from work around midnight. It did not say how he died.

The statement accused Israel of being responsible for the killing. It said Israel had tried to kill him several times, but had failed.

Hezbollah also has been fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces in that country's civil war. That's sparked attacks across neighboring Lebanon.