Friday, 25th April 2014

Beirut car bomb kills adviser to former premier: News Agency


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Firemen and security forces work at the site of a car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut on Friday. (AFP)A car bomb ripped through the Beirut city centre on Friday killing an adviser to former anti-Syria coalition prime ministers Saad Hariri and Fuad Siniora, the state news agency said.Mohammad Chatah, a prominent economist who was also an ex-minister of finance and Lebanon's envoy to Washington was assassinated when a car bomb targeted his convoy in the city centre, the sources said.
 
Chatah had served as adviser to former Prime Minister Fuad Siniora and his successor and ex-premier Saad Hariri, whose own father was assassinated in a huge Beirut seafront car bomb in February 2005 blamed on Syria.
 
He was killed as he headed to Saad Hariri's mansion in the city centre of Beirut to attend a meeting of the March 14 anti-Syria coalition which backs the Syrian opposition struggle to topple the Damascus regime. Beirut (AFP)


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