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December 27, 2013

Fingerpointing after Beirut car bombing

Division among Lebanese social media users erupt following Friday's explosion.

Lebanese firefighters hose down smouldering vehicles at the site of explosion downtown Beirut, Lebanon, 27 December 2013. (EPA/WAEL HAMZEH)

Lebanon's former finance minister, Mohamad Chatah, and five others have been killed in a car bombing in central Beirut. Online, Lebanese social media users debated who should be held responsible. The explosion of Chatah's convoy coincided with a March 14 coalition meeting, a political group who is outspoken about its opposition to the Syrian regime and Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shia group. Chatah, a senior aide to former Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, was on his way to attend the meeting. 

At least 70 were wounded in the blast, according to initial medical reports.