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Beirut explosion kills former finance minister

A huge car bomb explosion has rocked central Beirut, killing former minister of finance and Lebanon’s envoy to Washington, Mohammad Chatah. The bomb also killed an advisor to former anti-Syria coalition prime ministers Saad Hariri and Fuad Siniora when it exploded in the city centre. Hariri has accused Hezbollah of involvement in the attack.

Beirut explosion kills former finance minister
Burnt vehicles are seen at the scene of a car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut on December 27, 2013. The explosion that hit central Beirut killed five people, including Mohamed Chatah (Shatah), former finance minister and adviser to Lebanese ex-premier Saad Hariri, and wounded more than 50, state news agency NNA said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Beirut explosion kills former finance minister
Lebanese firefighters extinguish blazing cars at the scene of a huge car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut on December 27, 2013, killing Mohamed Chatah (Shatah), former finance minister and adviser to Lebanese ex-premier Saad Hariri, along with at least four others, according to initial reports from the Lebanese capital. (AFP/Getty Images)
Beirut explosion kills former finance minister
Men walk past damaged cars at the scene of a car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut on December 27, 2013, killing Mohamed Chatah (Shatah), former finance minister and adviser to Lebanese ex-premier Saad Hariri, along with at least four others, according to initial reports from the Lebanese capital. (AFP/Getty Images)
Beirut explosion kills former finance minister
Fire is seen at the site of a car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut on December 27, 2013. The explosion that hit central Beirut killed five people, including Mohamed Chatah (Shatah), former finance minister and adviser to Lebanese ex-premier Saad Hariri, and wounded more than 50, state news agency NNA said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Beirut explosion kills former finance minister
A Lebanese firefighter extinguishes blazing cars at the scene of a huge car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut on December 27, 2013, killing Mohamed Chatah (Shatah), former finance minister and adviser to Lebanese ex-premier Saad Hariri, along with at least four others, according to initial reports from the Lebanese capital. (AFP/Getty Images)
Beirut explosion kills former finance minister
A general view from above shows the scene of a huge car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut on December 27, 2013, killing Mohamed Chatah (Shatah), former finance minister and adviser to Lebanese ex-premier Saad Hariri, along with at least four others, according to initial reports from the Lebanese capital. (AFP/Getty Images)
Beirut explosion kills former finance minister
Lebanese firemen surround the destroyed and charred vehicle of Mohamed Chatah (Shatah), former finance minister and adviser to Lebanese ex-premier Saad Hariri, following a car bomb explosion in central Beirut on December 27, 2013. The explosion that rocked central Beirut killed five people, including Chatah (Shatah) and wounded more than 50, state news agency NNA said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Beirut explosion kills former finance minister
Lebanese security forces and firefighters inspect the scene of a a car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut on December 27, 2013. The huge explosion killed Mohamed Chatah (Shatah), former finance minister and adviser to Lebanese ex-premier Saad Hariri and left at least five people dead and dozens injured, reports and correspondents said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Beirut explosion kills former finance minister
A burning vehicle is seen at the site of a a car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut on December 27, 2013. The huge explosion killed Mohamed Chatah (Shatah), former finance minister and adviser to Lebanese ex-premier Saad Hariri and left at least five people dead and dozens injured, reports and correspondents said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Beirut explosion kills former finance minister
Lebanese security forces and forensic experts the site of a car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut on December 27, 2013. The huge explosion killed Mohamed Chatah (Shatah), former finance minister and adviser to Lebanese ex-premier Saad Hariri, and left at least five people dead and dozens injured, reports and correspondents said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Beirut explosion kills former finance minister
Firemen and security forces work at the site of a car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut on December 27, 2013. The huge explosion killed Mohamed Chatah (Shatah), former finance minister an adviser to Lebanese ex-premier Saad Hariri and left at least five people dead and dozens injured, reports and correspondents said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Beirut explosion kills former finance minister
Lebanese security forces and forensic experts inspect the scene of a car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut on December 27, 2013, killing an adviser to former anti-Syria coalition prime ministers Saad Hariri and Fuad Siniora and sending plumes of black smoke scudding across the skyline of the Lebanese capital. Mohammad Chatah (Shatah), a prominent economist who was also an ex-minister of finance and Lebanon's envoy to Washington was assassinated when a car bomb targeted his convoy in the city centre, the Lebanese state news agency said. (AFP/Getty Images)