Lebanese Mourn MP Slain by Bomb

Unrest builds; White House condemns assassinations of anti-Syrian politicians
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2007 7:09 AM CDT
Lebanese Mourn MP Slain by Bomb
A Lebanese firefighters extinguish a burning car after a bomb exploded in a narrow street off the main waterfront in Manara, which is in the Muslim sector of the capital Beirut, Lebanon Wednesday, June 13, 2007. An explosion, apparently from a bomb-rigged car, rocked Beirut's seafront Wednesday, killing...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Lebanon observed a national day of mourning today as a prominent anti-Syrian MP was buried in Beirut. The assassination yesterday of Walid Eido further destabilized the shaky situation in the country. President Bush condemned the "clear pattern of assassinations" of prominent Lebanese critics of Syria; Eido was the sixth murdered in just over 2 years. Damascus denies involvement.

A car bomb in Beirut killed Eido, his son, two bodyguards, and at least six passers-by. The Lebansese government and the UN are assembling a tribunal to investigate the 2005 assassination of ex-president Rafik Hariri, whose murder set off the latest round of violence, the worst since the 15-year civil war that ended in 1990. (Read more Lebanon stories.)

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