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At least 8 dead, 78 wounded in Beirut car bombing

Published on Oct 19, 2012 10:49 PM
Lebanese security forces and rescue workers gather at the site of an explosion in Beirut's Christian neighbourhood of Ashrafieh on Oct 19, 2012. A powerful bomb killed at least eight people and wounded another 78 in mainly Christian east Beirut, in the first such attack in Lebanon's capital since 2008, the National News Agency reported. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIRUT (AFP) - A powerful car bomb ripped through a street in mainly Christian east Beirut on Friday, killing at least eight people and wounding scores, as tensions grow in Lebanon over the war in neighbouring Syria.

The National News Agency, citing civil defence figures, said the blast occurred at 9pm Singapore time only 200m from the headquarters of the Christian party, the Phalange, which is hostile to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

At least eight people were killed and 78 wounded, the agency added.

Mr Phalange leader Sami al-Gemayel, a member of parliament, condemned the attack, Reuters reported.

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