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Mass turnout expected at funeral for slain Lebanese police chief


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Mass turnout expected at funeral for slain Lebanese police chief

The Lebanese intelligence chief murdered in a car bomb attack in central Beirut is being buried on Sunday.

Major-General Wissam al-Hassan was among eight people killed and 80 injured in last Friday’s blast.

His death has inflamed anger among Lebanon’s Sunni Muslims. Deep seated sectarian tensions have been exacerbated by the uprising in neighbouring Syria.

An opponent of the Lebanese government has blamed Damascus for the attack and called for a mass turnout of citizens for the funeral to rally against the Syrian regime.

Hassan’s wife and two sons have flown in from France for the funeral which will take place at Beirut’s Martyrs’ Square.

The 47-year-old had been investigating the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and had implicated Syria in his killing.

He’s set to be buried alongside Hariri’s tomb.

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati offered to resign following the blast but will stay on after a request for stability from the president.

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