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Beirut Bomb Blast Kills Dozens...Je mkono wa Syria upo?

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    A huge car-bomb explosion has rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut, killing and injuring dozens of people, officials say.



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    Many people in Lebanon blame Syria for the attack. Opposition leaders have said Damascus was behind it.



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    Sectarian tensions in Lebanon have been rising, and are threatening to boil over as a result of the Syrian conflict.



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    A candle-light vigil was held on Saturday in Ashrafiya, the predominantly Christian neighbourhood in Beirut where the bomb exploded
     
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    The blast happened in Sassine Square - a busy part of the city's mainly Christian Ashrafiya district.



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    A number of wounded people were treated at the scene....



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    Other victims were taken to nearby hospitals.
     
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    Meanwhile, firefighters and emergency crews tackled the huge blaze and evacuated residents from the area.


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    There were scenes of panic and chaos, as terrified residents desperately tried to get news about their loved ones.
     
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    The normally bustling area, famous for its shops and cafes, looked like a war zone after the blast.



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    Eyewitnesses said the blast was heard several kilometres away, and officials warn the death toll could rise.


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    The blast, near the headquarters of a Christian party, the Phalange, comes amid rising tensions as a result of of the continuing conflict in neighbouring Syria.


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    Lebanese soldiers later sealed off the area. No group has so far said it carried out the attack, and the intended target remains unclear.
     
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    Friday's rush-hour blast was the first major attack in Beirut since 2008.
     
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    Beirut readies for Wissam al-Hassan funeral

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    Many Lebanese, Christians and Sunni Muslims alike, have been paying their respects to Mr Hassan

    Lebanese opposition leader Saad Hariri has called on all citizens to attend a funeral for security chief Wissam al-Hassan, who was killed by a car bomb.
    "Every one of you is personally invited," said Mr Hariri, a former PM and leading anti-Syrian politician.

    Mr Hariri has blamed Damascus for Friday's bomb attack, which killed three people and wounded dozens.

    There has been anti-Syrian unrest in several parts of Lebanon, with opposition protesters blocking roads.

    Mr Hassan, who was 47, headed the intelligence arm of Lebanon's internal security forces and was close to Mr Hariri.

    His funeral is due to be held in Martyrs' Square in central Beirut.
    He will be buried alongside Mr Hariri's father, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, an official is quoted as saying by AFP news agency.

    Rafik Hariri was killed by a car bomb in Beirut in 2005. Mr Hassan led an investigation implicating Damascus in the attack.

    Saad Hariri said the funeral should be attended by "all of Lebanon, which Wissam al-Hassan protected from the plots of [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad".
    Mr Hassan also recently organised the arrest of a former minister accused of planning a Syrian-sponsored bombing campaign in Lebanon.

    A day after the bombing, Prime Minister Najib Mikati suggested the attack had been connected with that case.

    A day of national mourning was held on Saturday. Residents in the mainly Christian district of Ashrafiya, where the bomb went off, held a vigil for the victims.

    Burning tyres

    Also on Saturday, Mr Mikati offered to resign as PM, but President Michel Suleiman asked him to stay on in the national interest.

    Opposition supporters set up roadblocks and burnt tyres in Beirut, denouncing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Lebanese allies.

    Similar protests were held in Sidon in the south, Tripoli in the north and in the Bekaa Valley in the east.

    Tension in Lebanon has been rising as a result of the Syrian conflict.

    Lebanon's religious communities are divided between those who support the government of Syrian President Assad - including many Shias - and those mostly from the Sunni community who back the rebels.

    Lebanon's Shia militant group Hezbollah - a close ally of the Syrian government - condemned the bombing.

    Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi called it a "cowardly, terrorist act". He said such incidents were "unjustifiable wherever they occur".

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    Anti-Syrian protests continued in many parts of Lebanon, following the car bombing that killed three people in Beirut on Friday.


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    Saturday was a day of national mourning honouring the victims, who included top intelligence official Wissam al-Hassan.


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    Mr Hassan had close links with opposition leader Saad Hariri, a leading critic of the government in Syria.
     
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    JAZBA ZA pONDA HUISHIA KUWAFUNZA WATU KUFANYA KAMA ILIVYOTOKEA BEIRUT! NIgeria Kuna Boko Haram, Mali kuna wanamgambo , Somalia kuna Al Shabab, na sisi hapa tuna Ponda Issa Ponda. HUyu Ponda akiachiwa tuu afanya kama atakavyo, Utamaduni huu wa Kiarabu wa kudai haki kwa kuuwa wananchi wasio na Hatia, lazima utaingia hapa nchini.
     
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    unamsahau kiongozi wako wa CDM baada kushindwa uchaguzi alisema nini ???
     
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    Waandamanaji wavamia jengo la ofisi ya waziri mkuu, baada ya kuuzika aliekuwa mkuu wa usalama wa nchi hio marehemu Brigedia Generali Hussein al Hasan.

    Waandamanaji wenye hasira mchana huu wamepambana na polisi katika kujaribu kuingia ndani ya jengo lenye ofisi ya waziri mkuu zilizoko kwenye kitongoji cha Serail ndani ya jiji la Beirut.

    Ghasia hizo zimetokana na hasira ya wananchi kwamba waziri mkuu huyo bwana Najib Mikati anahusika na kifo cha jasusi huyo Al Hassan kutokana na umaarufu wake aliojijengea kwamba haipendi serikali ya Lebanon.

    Waaandamanaji ambao wengi wao ni wapinzani wa serikali ya Lebanon walikumambana na vizuizi na mawe makubwa ambayo yalitandazwa pamoja na uwepo wa polisi wa kawaida na wale wa kikosi maalum kiitwacho ISF -internal security force.


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    Waandamanaji ambao wameshikilia bendera ya Syria wakivamia eneo lenye jengo la ofisi ya waziri mkuu.

    Marehemu Al Hasan amezikwa katika makaburi ya Martyrs Squire na mwili wake uliletwa ukiwa umefunikwa na kitambaa chenye alama bendera ya nchi hiyo. Wanajeshi ndio waliouleta mwili wa jasusi huyo na kushughulika na maziko yake huku wakiongozwa na walinzi wake.

    Amezikwa pia karibu na kaburi la marehemu Rafik Hariri ambae aliuwawa kutokana na mlipuko wa bomu mwaka 2005.

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    Waandamanaji wakihudhuria maziko ya Al Hasan, wakiwa wamebeba bendera za Syria.

    Brigedia Generali Al- Hasan alikuwa ni miongoni mwa watu nane waliouwawa kutokana na mlipuko wa bomu uliotokea katika kitongoji cha Ashrafiya ambapo ambao ulilenga gari alilokuwa akisafiria na pia kusababisha watu 78 kujeruhiwa.

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    Marehemu Wissam Al Hasan.

    Bosi huyo ambae alikuwa ni mahili katika kazi yake, hivi karibuni akiwa na timu yake ya majasusi waligundua mtego wa bomu ambao ulilenga kumuua mmoja wa viongozi wa serikali ya Lebanon na kumkamata mmoja wa wanasiasa kwa kuhusika na mipango huo ambae ni waziri wa zamani.

    Waziri huyo anaejulikana kwa jina moja la bwana Mikat alituhumiwa kwa kupanga utegaji wa mabomu nchini humo kwa kufuata maagizo kutoka nje ya nchi hiyo hususan Syria.

    Syria imekanusha kuhusika na utegaji wa mabomu nchini Lebanon na kusema tangia nchi hiyo iondoe majeshi yake mwaka 2005 baada ya harisa za wananchi kutokana na kifo cha bwana Hariri, haijatia mkono wake nchini Lebanon.

    Nacho kikundi cha kiislam cha washia cha Hezbollah ambacho kina uhusiano na serikali ya Syria, kimelaumu mauaji ya baadhi ya watu mashuhuri wa Lebanon.
     
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    Clashes have broken out in Beirut following the funeral of Wissam al-Hassan, an intelligence chief killed in a car bomb on Friday.


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    Security forces fired tear gas and warning shots to disperse demonstrators who had gone to the office of Prime Minister Najib Mikati, at the Grand Serail, to demand his resignation.
     
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    Wissam al-Hassan was killed, along with his bodyguard and a woman who worked locally, in a car bomb in east Beirut.


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    His family members, included his two young sons, attended a service at the headquarters of the Internal Security Forces followed by a funeral in Beirut's Martyrs' Square on Sunday.



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    Thousands of people gathered in Martyrs' Square for the occasion, which saw Hassan buried next to the former prime minister Rafik Hariri.



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    Many of the mourners and speakers at the funeral accused the current Lebanese government and its allies in Syria of having a hand in the attack. The poster shows PM Miqati and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah with the words: "Wissam's blood is your responsibility".
     
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