Lebanon intelligence official's death blamed on Syrian leader

2012-10-22 07:33:11 GMT2012-10-22 15:33:11(Beijing Time)  SINA.com
 Wissam al-Hassan (file) Wissam al-Hassan (file)

A day after the most high-profile assassination in Lebanonin more than seven years, accusations over who's responsible homed in on Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

Assad was accused of plotting Friday's car bombing that killed Lebanon's anti-Syria intelligence chief, Brig. Gen Wissam al-Hassan.

The senior Lebanese security official and at least nine others died in the explosion in the typically peaceful and cosmopolitan Ashrafiyeh district of East Beirut.

The attack -- in broad daylight, at one of the capital's busiest intersections -- left a crater more than a meter deep and was just the kind of thing al-Hassan had worked to prevent.

Anti-government rage erupted in central Beirut Sunday as protesters clashed with security forces after a funeral for the intelligence chief. Protesters, many of them allied with Sunni coalitions that have long been sharply critical of the Lebanese government's perceived closeness with the Syrian government, blamed Prime Minister Mitaki for not preventing Friday's deadly car bomb blast.

Mikati, a billionaire supported by Syrian ally Hezbollah, announced Saturday that he planned to stay in power, despite having offered his resignation to appease those who claimed Syria's al-Assad was behind Friday's car bombing.


Editor: Mei Jingya
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