Wednesday’s blast in Beirut, which was caught on an amateur video aired on television worldwide, did not just leave five people dead but also injured more than 70. It is believed the 20 kilos of dynamite packed inside a Mercedes bearing false number plates were detonated by remote control.
Police say surveillance camera footage from nearby banks and shops has enabled them to establish a photofit of the perpetrator. Ghanem is the fourth member of parliament and eighth anti-Syrian political figure to be killed in Lebanon in the past two and a half years.
A macabre count of the dead has left some analysts wondering how many assassinations will be needed before the anti-Syrian camp loses its majority in parliament.