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At least 10 killed in Beirut blast

world Updated: Jan 25, 2008 17:03 IST
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At least 10 people were killed in a bomb attack in the Lebanese capital Beirut on Friday, among them a high-ranking police captain, police sources at the scene said.

Wissam Eid, a police captain in the security service, was killed along with nine other people. More than 25 people were wounded.

The large bomb went off under a bridge in eastern Beirut, setting cars ablaze, witnesses said.

The blast occurred during rush hour in the Christian Hazmieh district of the capital. Ambulances were seen rushing to the scene.

Lebanon has seen a series of car bomb attacks since 2005, including one that killed former premier Rafik Hariri. The majority of victims were anti-Syrian politicians and journalists.

Tensions in the country are high because of a political dispute over electing a new president.

Three people died in the past week when a bomb targeting a US embassy vehicle went off.

In December, General Francois al-Hajj was killed in an attack. Al- Hajj had been tipped to replace Army Chief General Michel Suleiman, the compromise candidate for the presidency.