Death toll in Beirut blast rises to 7
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Death toll in Beirut blast rises to 7

Sunday declared day of mourning as 19-year-old succumbs to massive wounds sustained in bombing

Lebanese firefighters extinguish burned vehicles at the scene of an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 (photo credit: AP/Bilal Hussein)
Lebanese firefighters extinguish burned vehicles at the scene of an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 (photo credit: AP/Bilal Hussein)

BEIRUT — Lebanon’s state news agency says a 19-year-old man wounded in Friday’s car bombing in central Beirut has died, raising the death toll in the attack to seven.

The National News Agency says Mohammed Shaar died on Saturday from massive wounds sustained in the blast, which targeted prominent Lebanese politician Mohammed Chatah.

The 62-year-old Chatah, who was a critic of Syria and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah, also was killed in the explosion.

Officials say Chatah is to be buried at noon Sunday in the towering Mohammed Al-Amin Mosque in downtown Beirut.

The Lebanese government has declared Sunday a day of mourning.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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