Bomb in Lebanon Wounds Ex-Cabinet Minister

A car bomb exploded in central Beirut on Friday, wounding a former Lebanese Cabinet minister in an assassination attempt, top Lebanese and Syrian officials said. The explosion also killed the politician’s driver and seriously wounded his bodyguard.Former Economy Minister Marwan Hamadeh, a Lebanese lawmaker who opposed efforts to grant pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud a three-year extension, suffered minor injuries to his face and hands, his brother, Ali Hamadeh, told The Associated Press. Marwan Hamadeh belongs to a bloc of parliamentarians led by Druse leader Walid Jumblatt, who withdrew Hamadeh from Lebanese Premier Rafik Hariri’s Cabinet last month to protest the extension of Lahoud’s presidential term. Full Story

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