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December 27, 2013

Fingerpointing after Beirut car bombing

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