Beirut car bomb kills adviser to former PM: News agency
BEIRUT (AFP) - A huge car bomb rocked central Beirut on Friday, killing an adviser to Lebanese ex-premier Saad Hariri and leaving people, cars and buildings ablaze, reports and correspondents said.
Footage broadcast by Future TV showed people on fire, others lying on the ground, some bloodied, as well as several cars and buildings ablaze while ambulances rushed to the stricken area.
The blast, which sent thick black smoke scudding across the capital's skyline, occurred near the Serail, a massive building that houses the prime minister's office, and close to parliament, banks, shops and restaurants.
The state news agency NNA said the blast was caused by a car bomb and that it had killed Mr Mohammad Chatah, a prominent economist who was also a former minister of finance and Lebanon's envoy to Washington.