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Lebanese security forces inspect the scene of a huge car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut on December 27, 2013, killing Mohamed Chatah, former finance minister and adviser to Lebanese ex-premier Saad Hariri (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Lebanese security forces inspect the scene of a huge car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut on December 27, 2013, killing Mohamed Chatah, former finance minister and adviser to Lebanese ex-premier Saad Hariri (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

A powerful car bomb killed a prominent pro-Western politician and at least five other people today.

The assassination is certain to escalate sectarian tensions which are already high because of the civil war in neighboring Syria.

The bomb targeted Mohammed Chatah, a former finance minister and a senior aide to former Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

Rami Ruhayem, a BBC correspondent in Beirut, speaks with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson about the latest in Lebanon.

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  • Rami Ruhayem, BBC correspondent in Beirut. He tweets @ramiruhayem.

This segment aired on December 27, 2013.

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