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Beirut terror bombing kills 8, injures dozens

The bomb blast in Beirut on Friday killed eight people, including a chief of security.
The bomb blast in Beirut on Friday killed eight people, including a chief of security.

A car-bomb explosion on Friday in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, killed eight people -- including a security chief -- and caused numerous injuries, an Israeli counterterrorism source told the Law Enforcement Examiner.

The massive explosion took place in a Christian neighborhood. The bomb was placed in a car in front of a library not far from the office of the anti-Syrian Lebanese Phalange political movement, a Maronite Christian group, said the source.

Security forces ordered people to stay clear of the blast area while an amateur videotape of the scene showed people's reaction to the attack such as civilians transporting victims to waiting ambulances. The blast destroyed dozens of parked cars and damaged buildings.

Military and emergency personnel responded to assist panicking crowds of Lebanese civilians. One hospital said it treated more than 30 people.

Lebanon had been engulfed in a bloody civil war from 1975 to 1991, and sectarian tensions exist between the Christians and Muslims in that Arab country.

According to Middle East experts, Lebanese civilians fear that tensions between the Muslims and Christians tied to the current Syrian rebellion will grow and the country will once again face civil war.

The Phalange is part of the March 14 movement, the anti-Syrian coalition that emerged after Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was murdered allegedly by Syrian assassins in 2005. The Phalange movement is credited with successfully forcing Syrian troops to retreat out of Lebanon.

There has been violence and tension in Lebanon over Syria, where Bashar al-Assad's government has been fighting rebels. Lebanese Alawites, who back al-Assad's Alawite-dominated government, and Sunnis who back the opposition have fought in Lebanon.

The UN Security Council immediately condemned the car bomb explosion, calling it a "terrorist attack." "The members of the Security Council express their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of this heinous act and to the people and government of Lebanon," said a statement released to the press by the UN Security Council staff.


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