Former Lebanese minister Mohammed Shattah, who opposed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was killed in an explosion that targeted his convoy in Beirut on Friday along with at least four other people, security sources said.
A Reuters witness at the scene said his car was "totally destroyed. It is a wreck. The sound of the blast was heard across the city at around 9:40 am (0740 GMT), and a plume of black smoke was seen rising in the downtown business and hotel district. (Reuters)