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Tensions mount as Lebanon mourns victims of bomb attack

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Tensions mount as Lebanon mourns victims of bomb attack

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Lebanon has been remembering the victims of Friday’s deadly bomb attack in Beirut with a day of mourning.

Intelligence official Wissam al-Hassan was killed in the blast, along with seven others.

Lebanese politicians have accused Syrian president Bashar al-Assad of being behind the attack. Al-Hassan recently uncovered plans for an alleged
Syrian-backed bombing campaign in Lebanon.

“By discovering bombs two months ago and what happened yesterday, it is only logical to make a connection between both cases,” Najib Mikati, Lebanese Prime Minister, said at a news conference on Saturday.

Gunmen and demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest over Friday’s bombing, as fears grow that Syria’s sectarian-tinged civil war is spreading to its neighbour.

Mikati said on Saturday that he had offered his resignation, but that President Michel Suleiman had asked him to stay on for a “period of time.”