Senior security official killed in Lebanon bombing

Associated Press
Lebanese protesters are enveloped in tear gas as they pull a barbed-wire barrier during clashes after the funeral of Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan who was assassinated on Friday by a car bomb in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday Oct. 21, 2012. Lebanese soldiers fired guns and tear gas to push back hundreds of protesters who broke through a police cordon and tried to storm the government headquarters in Beirut. The enraged crowd came from the funeral of a top Lebanese intelligence official assassinated in a massive car bombing.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's state-run media says a senior security official was killed in Friday's car bomb attack in Beirut.

The National News Agency said in a statement that it "announces the martyrdom" of Maj. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, the head of the national police intelligence unit, in the explosion that ripped through east Beirut.

Al-Hassan was among at least eight people killed. The bomb wounded dozens of other, sheared the balconies off apartment buildings and sent bloodied residents staggering into the streets in the most serious blast the Lebanese capital has seen in more than four years.

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