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Anti-Syrian Politician Killed in Beirut Blast

19 September 2007

Lebanese security sources say at least four people were killed in Beirut in a bomb attack targeting an anti-Syrian politician.

The bomb exploded in a Christian suburb east of the Lebanese capital Wednesday. Television footage showed cars aflame and a wide area of damage.

Officials say the blast killed Antoine Ghanem of the right-wing Phalange Party.

Lebanon has been hit by a series of bombings in the past two years, including one in June that killed Parliament member Walid Eido. Many of the attacks have targeted anti-Syrian figures. Syria has denied involvement.

Lebanon's parliament speaker has called for the deeply divided legislature to meet September 25th to choose a new president to succeed pro-Syrian head of state Emile Lahoud.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, Reuters.

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