Lebanon to bury slain intelligence official

By REUTERS
October 21, 2012 00:51




BEIRUT - Lebanon's political opposition has called for a mass turnout at Sunday's funeral for slain intelligence officer Wissam al-Hassan, turning the ceremony into a political rally against Syrian authorities and Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

Hassan, who uncovered an alleged Syrian bomb plot inside Lebanon two months ago, was killed in a huge car bomb blast that also killed seven other people and wounded 80 in Beirut's Ashrafiyeh district on Friday.

Former prime minister Saad al-Hariri blamed Syrian President Bashar Assad for the bombing and Lebanon's political opposition demanded the resignation of Mikati, whose government includes Syria's Shi'ite Muslim ally Hezbollah.

The death of Hassan, a Sunni Muslim from the northern city of Tripoli who was close to the powerful Hariri political clan, has inflamed Sunni anger. Protesters blocked roads with burning tires and gunmen took to the streets of Beirut and Tripoli.


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