Stolen car used in Beirut’s bombing, says police chief
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Stolen car used in Beirut’s bombing, says police chief

Senior intelligence officer's killing on Friday is driving up political tensions in Lebanon

Lebanese firefighters extinguish burning cars at the scene of an explosion in the mostly Christian neighborhood of Achrafiyeh, Beirut, Lebanon, Friday Oct. 19 (photo credit: AP/Hussein Malla)
Lebanese firefighters extinguish burning cars at the scene of an explosion in the mostly Christian neighborhood of Achrafiyeh, Beirut, Lebanon, Friday Oct. 19 (photo credit: AP/Hussein Malla)

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s police chief says the car used in the Beirut bombing that killed a top anti-Syrian intelligence chief was stolen more than a year ago.

Maj. Gen. Ashraf Rifi also told a group of journalists late Monday that Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan was using a rented car that was not armored for camouflage.

Rifi said al-Hassan was killed while on his way back from one of his secret offices where he used to meet with informants.

Al-Hassan’s killing in a Beirut car bomb on Friday has driven up political tensions and sparked violence between supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad and his opponents.

Al-Hassan was solidly in the latter group, and his supporters, many of them Sunni Muslims, blamed Damascus for the killing.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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