Bomb kills Islamic Minister

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Bomb kills Islamic Minister

Minister that was critical of Syria died in a blast :

Beirut blast kills Sunni ex-minister Mohamad Chatah


Former Lebanese minister and opposition figure Mohamad Chatah has been killed by a car bomb in central Beirut.

Four others were killed and at least 50 people were hurt in the attack.

Mr Chatah, a Sunni Muslim, was an adviser to ex-PM Saad Hariri. He was also a staunch critic of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Lebanon's Shia Hezbollah movement that backs him.

There has been a wave of attacks in Lebanon, linked to heightened Sunni-Shia tensions over the Syrian war.

Saad Hariri implicitly accused Hezbollah of carrying out the attack.

He blamed "those who are hiding from international justice and who have spread the regional fire to the [Lebanese] nation".

Five Hezbollah suspects are due to go on trial in three week' time, charged in connection with assassinating Saad Hariri's father and former Prime Minister, Rafik, in a huge car bombing in February 2005.

Hezbollah has denied involvement in Rafik Hariri's death.

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No-one has claimed responsibility for Friday's attack.

'Terror and panic'

Mr Chatah was on his way to a meeting of the anti-Syrian March 14 bloc, led by Saad Hariri, when his convoy was hit.

The bomb went off at 09:00 (07:00 GMT) between the Starco Centre and Phoenicia Hotel, not far from the Lebanese parliament building.

The blast damaged several buildings and set several cars ablaze.


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