Heavy security ahead of Lebanon politician funeral
BEIRUT (AFP) - Heavy security measures were in place on Sunday around Beirut ahead of the burial of Mohammad Chatah, a prominent Lebanese critic of the Syrian regime, killed in a bombing two days ago.
Chatah, 62, a Sunni Muslim former finance minister and close aide to ex-prime minister Saad Hariri, was killed by a car bomb in the Lebanese capital on Friday along with six other people.
Dozens of other people were wounded in the blast, which officials said involved about 50-60 kilogrammes of explosives.
President Michel Suleiman has declared Sunday a day of national mourning, and several army vehicles were stationed around Beirut's downtown area, where Chatah was killed.