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Lebanese press report from outside where family members are receiving condolences for the death of top Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine who was killed in an attack in Syria in a southern suburb of Beirut on May 13, 2016. 
Lebanese militant group Hezbollah announced that its top military commander had been killed in an attack in Syria in a major blow to the coalition supporting the Damascus regime.
 (Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images)
Lebanese press report from outside where family members are receiving condolences for the death of top Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine who was killed in an attack in Syria in a southern suburb of Beirut on May 13, 2016. Lebanese militant group Hezbollah announced that its top military commander had been killed in an attack in Syria in a major blow to the coalition supporting the Damascus regime. (Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images)
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According to Hezbollah, Mustafa Badreddine was killed in an explosion in Syria, where he was in charge of the Lebanese group's forces supporting Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.

Badreddine remains somewhat of a mysterious figure, but he has been linked to a long string of attacks, including the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005 and the bombing at the US Marines barracks in Beirut in 1983 that killed 241 personnel. We speak The BBC's Rami Ruhayem in Beirut about this story.

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This segment aired on May 13, 2016.

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