A car bomb in Beirut has killed a member of parliament and at least three other people. This morning’s blast destroyed the armoured car of Gibran Tueni, a deputy and journalist known for being anti-Syrian.
It was driving through the industrial suburb of Mekalis, a mainly Christian area of the Lebanese capital. Several cars were set on fire and nearby shops and buildings suffered damage. Police and soldiers cordoned off the area as rescue workers ferried casualties to hospital. Gibran Tueni was 48 years old and was the publisher and chairman of the board at the Al-Nahar newspaper. He was elected to parliament in this year’s vote that followed the assassination of former premier Rafik al-Hariri in February. Today Lebanon’s veteran Druze politician Walid Jumblatt said that Tueni’s death was linked to a UN probe into al-Hariri’s killing. The chief UN investigator has hinted that his second report, which he hands over to the Security Council today, will include more evidence implicating top Syrian officials. Syria denies any involvement in either assassination. Damascus has claimed Monday’s attack was timed to damage its reputation ahead of a UN meeting. The Lebanese capital has been hit by 14 blasts since the massive bombing that killed Hariri. A columnist at al-Nahar, Samir Kassir, was killed by a bomb in his car in June.