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

The Associated Press

@AP

BREAKING: Security official: Senior aide to former PM Saad Hariri killed in bombing in Lebanese capital .

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6. It’s believed that Chatah was one of the targets of the bombing, as he was a vocal Hezbollah critic and vehemently opposed to Lebanon’s involvement in Syria.

RT @AngusBlair1: Expect further deepening of political fault lines in #Lebanon. It seems target was @mohamed_chatah, Hezbollah critic

— sheeraf (@Sheera Frenkel)

Sheera Frenkel

@sheeraf

RT @AngusBlair1: Expect further deepening of political fault lines in #Lebanon. It seems target was @mohamed_chatah, Hezbollah critic

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Future TV confirmed: @mohamad_chatah targeted & killed in #Beirut explosion.

— Shadaomar (@Shada Omar)

Shada Omar

@Shadaomar

Future TV confirmed: @mohamad_chatah targeted & killed in #Beirut explosion.

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8. His opposition to Hezbollah is evident in his last tweet, sent approximately an hour before the bombing occurred.

#Hezbollah is pressing hard to be granted similar powers in security & foreign policy matters that Syria exercised in Lebanon for 15 yrs.

— mohamad_chatah (@Mohamad B Chatah)

Mohamad B Chatah

@mohamad_chatah

#Hezbollah is pressing hard to be granted similar powers in security & foreign policy matters that Syria exercised in Lebanon for 15 yrs.

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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.

#blast #beirut

— georges_kifai (@Georges Kifai)

Georges Kifai

@georges_kifai

#blast #beirut

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Steve Crisp / Reuters

#Lebanon #Beirut Suicide Bombing Live Now | YS

— YoussefSfeir (@Youssef Sfeir)

Youssef Sfeir

@YoussefSfeir

#Lebanon #Beirut Suicide Bombing Live Now | YS

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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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