PLO Leader Killed in Lebanon Roadside Blast

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2009 10:58 AM CDT
Firefighters extinguish a burning car near the site of a roadside explosion that killed a senior Fatah official and at least three body guards outside the Mieh Mieh refugee camp in Lebanon today.   (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)
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(Newser) – Top PLO official Kamal Medhat and at least three of his bodyguards were killed by a roadside bomb near a refugee camp in southern Lebanon today, security officials tell al-Jazeera. Television footage showed Medhat’s car being blasted into a large crater. A Fatah spokesman said Medhat had been “assassinated,” while another said it was too soon to speculate who might be behind the attack.

Another Fatah official was killed in the same camp on Saturday, in a shooting related to a family dispute. Medhat had been headed to the camp for a meeting to reconcile those families. Abbas Zaki, the PLO’s Lebanon chief, was also in the camp, but wasn’t hurt in either incident.