Roads closed around Lebanon in protest of bombing

Associated Press
A man on a motorbike passes burning tires laid by Sunni protesters, angry at the killing of Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, to block a road in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Oct. 19, 2012.  A car bomb ripped through Beirut on Friday, killing a top security official and several others, shearing the balconies off apartment buildings and sending bloodied residents staggering into the streets in the most serious blast the Lebanese capital has seen in four years. Dozens of people were wounded in the attack, which the state-run news agency said targeted the convoy of Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, a top security official in Lebanon. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security officials say angry protesters have closed roads around the country to protest the bombing that killed a top security official and seven other people.

Lebanon's government declared a national day of mourning Saturday for the victims that included Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, head of the intelligence division of Lebanon's domestic security forces.

Friday's explosion in Beirut's mainly Christian Achrafieh neighborhood wounded dozens.

The officials say protesters in mostly Sunni Muslim areas closed roads Saturday in Beirut, the southern city of Sidon, the northern city of Tripoli and several towns in the eastern Bekaa Valley.

The highway linking central Beirut with the city's international airport was closed, as well as the highway that links the capital with Syria, the officials said on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

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