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2 Dead in Beirut Blast, Possible Assassination Attempt

A blast has killed at least two people Thursday in a Christian suburb of Beirut in a possible assassination attempt.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 8/11/2011, 1:45 PM

   Damaged car
Damaged car
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At least two people are dead following an explosion in a Christian suburb of Beirut, according to a report by the AFP news agency.

The blast occurred in a parking lot near the Saint Elias church in Antelias on the outskirts of the Lebanese capital, police said.

The two victims, Ihsan Dia and Hassan Nassar, were believed to have been handling explosives inside their vehicle when the material ignited, according to Lebanese television.

A police official told AFP that a car belonging to the son of Lebanese Judge Albert Serhan was in the parking lot at the time of the blast. However, it was unclear whether Serhan was being targeted by the pair.

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was assassinated on February 14, 2005 in a massive truck bombing that killed an additional 22 people and wounded dozens of others.

The United Nations Tribunal in Lebanon has since indicted four members of the Hizbullah terrorist organization in connection with the assassination, but the terrorists have disappeared. Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah has vowed the tribunal will never find them.