Powerful bombing rocks Beirut

Civilians, soldiers and policemen gather at the site of an explosion in downtown Beirut

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A powerful bombing rocked a central business district of central Beirut Friday, setting cars ablaze and killing five people, including a senior aide to former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, officials said.

The National News Agency said Mohammed Chatah and his driver were both killed in the explosion, which wounded more than 70 others. (AP)

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