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Intelligence officer killed in Beirut blast

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A police captain working for Lebanese intelligence is among four people who were killed when a bomb devastated a predominantly Christian area of Beirut. Captain Wisam Eid worked for a department widely believed to be close to the anti-Syrian coalition leader Saad Hariri, son of the assassinated former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The intelligence unit has been closely involved with the UN-led investigation into that killing, and many others.

Lebanese minister Ahmad Fatfat said: “The Captain was no ordinary officer. He was a specialist in communications, which is a very important field. He played a central role in analyzing the phone calls in a large number of attacks, starting with the assassination of Rafik Hariri.” A parked car packed with explosives was detonated by remote control, as the officer’s vehicle went past, taking him to work.

It is the latest in a wave of bombings and political assassinations in Lebanon in the last three years, many of which have targeted anti-Syrian politicians and journalists. The killings have thrown Lebanon into its worst political crisis since the civil war of the 70’s and 80’s. Syria has condemned the latest blast.