posted on Feb, 14 2005 @ 07:32 AM
A former Lebanese prime minister was killed today in a massive explosion that tore through his motorcade in Beirut. Rafik Hariri was pronounced dead
on arrival at American University Hospital.
Former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, a billionaire who helped rebuild his country after Lebanon's civil war and had recently moved to the opposition,
was killed in a massive bomb explosion that tore through his motorcade, Lebanon's official news agency and a Cabinet minister said.
Explosions in Beirut -- while common during the 1975-90 civil war -- have become rare since the conflict ended. However, in October, amid rising
tension between the opposition and the government, a car bomb seriously injured an opposition politician and killed his driver in Beirut.
The explosion near the city's waterfront shortly before noon shook buildings in the city center and was heard in outlying hills overlooking the
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Since his resignation last October, Hariri has been considered part of the opposition to the current government, led by President Emile Lahoud.
Hariri was a vocal critic of a proposal to extend Lahoud's term in office.
One can only assume that his rivalry with Lahoud and his pro-Syrian government colleagues contributed to his murder.
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