|MP Tueni targeted in Beirut blast
|Anti-Syrian journalist and prominent lawmaker Gebran Tueni was killed by a car bomb Monday, a day after he returned from France, where he had been staying periodically for fear of assassination.
Tueni's uncle, Telecommunications Minister Marwan Hamade, and the leading Lebanese politician Walid Jumblatt blamed Syria for the bombing a charge that Syria promptly denied.
Police said Tueni was one of three people killed when a car bomb exploded as his motorcade drove through the industrial suburb of Mkalles. Another 30 people were wounded in the bombing, which started a large fire.
"God have mercy on Gebran and An-Nahar will remain the beacon for freedom," Jumblatt told LBC television, referring to An-Nahar newspaper of which Tueni was the general manager.
Hamade threatened to withdraw from the Cabinet with two colleagues if the government did not demand a U.N. investigation into the continuing series of bombings. He said there must be an international tribunal to "investigate the continuing crimes of the Syrian regime."
Syrian Information Minister Mehdi Dakhlallah denied his government was involved, telling LBC television: "Those who are behind this are the enemies of Lebanon."
Tueni, 48, had only returned to Lebanon on Sunday from Paris, where he has been staying most of the past few months out of fear for his safety.
The Daily Star