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Heavy security ahead of Lebanon politician funeral

Published on Dec 29, 2013 5:00 PM
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Lebanon's flag flies in front of damaged windows at the Starco building in front of the site of a bomb blast, which killed Lebanon's former Finance Minister Mohamad Chatah, in downtown Beirut Dec 28, 2013.  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. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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.

 
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