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In pictures: Beirut blast
An explosion in a residential area of the Lebanese capital has caused several deaths and dozens of injuries.
Wissam al Hassan, one of Lebanon's top security officers, was killed in the explosion. He led the investigation that linked Syria and Hezbollah to the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005.
19 Oct 2012
A wounded woman is carried at the site of an explosion in Ashrafieh, central Beirut, October 19, 2012. The fire service said that at least eight people were killed and dozens wounded by a huge exlosion that detonated in a residential and commercial street in central Beirut on Friday.
Burning cars and damaged buildings are left at the site of the Ashafriyeh explosion.
A Lebanese rescue worker, center, helps an injured man at the scene. The explosion sheared the balconies off residential buildings and sent bloodied victims pouring out into the streets in the most serious blast this city has seen in years.
Dozens of people have been wounded in an explosion in central Beirut, as residents and emergency services rushed to help the injured.
Lebanese civilians carry injured people away from the scene of the explosion in the mostly Christian neighborhood.
A Lebanese rescue worker carries an injured boy away from the scene.
Lebanese Interior Minister Marwan Charbel inspects the damage after an explosion in Ashafriyeh, central Beirut.
A car burns in Ashrafieh, central Beirut, where an explosion near the offices of the March 14 political alliance left several dead and dozens injured.
Lebanese firefighters attempt to extinguish burning cars at the scene of an explosion in the mostly Christian neighbourhood.
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