At least seven people are dead and more injured after what appeared to be a car bomb ripped through a Christian suburb of Beirut this morning. Lebanese TV showed footage of a black crater surrounded by burning, mangled vehicles. One of the victims was a captain in the country's police intelligence unit, although authorities have not commented on whether he was the target of the attack, reports the BBC.
The explosion comes as Lebanon remains in a political deadlock over the choice of the country's next president. A surge in Islamic militant activity in the north of Lebanon and attacks on United Nations peacekeepers have also contributed to the fragile situation. The ruling coalition has accused Syria of supporting several suicide bomb attacks, including one that killed Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri in 2005.