The Straits Times
Published on Oct 19, 2012

At least 8 dead, 78 wounded in Beirut car bombing


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.