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Hours ago innocent children and civilians were caught right in the middle of a powerful explosion when a bomb went off in Beirut Lebanon.
-- -- -- -- A top intelligence officer who has a strong opponent.
Of Syria's regime.
That officer led the investigation into the assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri back in 2005.
And investigation that implicated Syria and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.
Syria of course is right next door -- -- The bomb exploded in a Christian neighborhood and witnesses say it went off just has a lot of parents were picking their kids up from school.
Rescuers carried out the injured some of them bloody end in tears survivors of the worst act of violence -- Beirut has seen in years.
The White House now condemning what it calls a terrorist attack the National Security Council spokesman releasing a statement that reads in part eleven on security and stability are vital.
Both for the Lebanese people and their neighbors.
There is no justification for using assassination.
As a political tool.
The chief fox -- correspondent Jonathan Hunt knows the region and it in the country very well what do we know about this target.
Well we know that he's certainly someone that the Syrian regime would have real reason to trying to silence we some.
-- Hasan was a senior official.
In Lebanon's internal security force is just this sum up.
He -- an investigation into a series of apparently Syrian backed -- bomb plots.
That led to the arrest of an -- -- ally who was prominent in Lebanese politics he also as you mentioned led the investigation into the 2005.
A former prime minister her reread.
Today her rarity summer -- -- to he thought was responsible.
For this particular attack he didn't hesitate to point the finger at president -- of Syria we do not have.
Any confirmation of that but he would certainly fit the Syrian regime's history are trying to gain influence through violence in Lebanon.
We've we've been getting warnings and you've been reporting about them for weeks even months now of this Syrian conflict becoming a regional one -- -- Syria has many enemies because of its history among the Christians -- Sunni Muslims in Lebanon.
But it also has many friends among the large -- population.
Represented in large -- by Hezbollah Hezbollah is very strong in the eastern part of Lebanon near the border with Syria.
And in the southern -- which of -- Borders Israel also has power in government -- if president a -- one wanted to distract attention from what he is doing.
Inside Syria's borders then ramping up any conflict.
Inside Lebanon between all of those sects all of the religious groupings that then this would be a simple.
Way for him to do it that's why US and UN officials are today appealing for unity.
Among the Lebanese because of Lebanon goes up in flames we could be faced with that all consuming regional conflict everyone -- -- let's hope not Jonathan Hunt thanks -- that.
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