A police captain working for Lebanese intelligence is among the ten dead after a bomb devastated a predominantly Christian area of Beirut. The officer worked for a unit widely believed to be close to the anti-Syrian coalition leader Saad al-Hariri. Syria has condemned the attack.
It happened in the Hazmiyeh area, which is home to several diplomatic missions and residences. Several other cars were destroyed in the explosion, near the Mount Lebanon Hospital. The blast comes 10 days after an American diplomatic vehicle was targetted by a car-bomb in Beirut, killing three people and wounding 16.