Wednesday, September 19, 2007
At least five people killed, 20 more injured in Beirut car bomb
"At least five people were killed and another 20 wounded on Wednesday when a car bomb exploded in a Christian suburb east of the Lebanese capital of Beirut.
Anti-Syrian MP Antoine Ghanem was wounded in the attack. Security sources said earlier that the explosion had targeted a politician.
The explosion occurred in the Sin el-Fil district, but the cause was not immediately known. Television footage showed severe damage in nearby buildings and several cars on fire. The blast sent a cloud of gray smoke over the area.
The area houses the home of former Lebanese President Amin Gemayeh, whose son, Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel, was shot dead in November.
Antoine Ghanem is a member of parliament belonging to the Christian Phalange party, the same party which assassinated Gemayel belonged to. "