Lebanon mourns car bomb victims

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — Lebanese police sifted through debris and burned cars Saturday, searching for clues at the site of a car bomb that killed one of Lebanon’s top terrorism investigators.

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The blast set several vehicles ablaze inside a blackened crater in the middle of the street.
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Investigators were also trying to determine if the latest bombing was part of a string of attacks that have targeted leading anti-Syrian politicians in the past three years, a security official said Saturday. Syria has often been blamed in the attacks, but Damascus has denied any role.

The powerful bomb Friday killed Capt. Wissam Eid, whose work included probing the 2005 killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Saturday was declared a day of national mourning by the government, and a ceremony was held to honor Eid and his bodyguard, who was also slain along with three passers-by.

Eid, 31, worked for the police intelligence agency which is closely tied to the Western-backed government and had survived two previous assassination attempts. Friday’s attack also wounded 37 people, police said.

“Security and judicial police investigators are probing a possible link between Capt. Eid’s killing and a series of assassinations that have rocked Lebanon in the last three years,” the official told The Associated Press. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations.

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