Deadly Car Bomb Explodes In Beirut Outside Government Buildings

The blast in the Lebanese capital of Beirut has reportedly killed the senior aide to former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Mohammed Chatah, along with four others. At least 70 others have been injured.

1. Updated – Dec. 27, 7:05 a.m., ET

2. Friday morning, a car bomb exploded in the Lebanese capital of Beirut a few hundred yards outside the government headquarters and parliament buildings.

AP Photo/Bilal Hussein
AP Photo/Hussein Malla

4. The Associated Press reports that ex-minister and the country’s former ambassador to the United States Mohammad Chatah was killed in the blast, along with his driver.

Mohamed Azakir / Reuters

9. Security forces and firefighters are currently at the scene.

AP Photo/Bilal Hussein
AP Photo/Bilal Hussein

11. After the explosion, smoke could be seen billowing through the city.

Steve Crisp / Reuters

17. The Health Ministry has said three other people have been killed, along with at least 70 others who have been injured.

Jamal Saidi / Reuters

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