January 25, 2008 / 10:07 AM / 11 years ago

CHRONOLOGY-Attacks in Lebanon

Jan 25 (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded in mainly Christian east Beirut on Friday, killing a senior police officer and at least five other people, security sources said.

Police identified the officer as Wisam Eid, a captain in a Lebanese police intelligence unit which is widely viewed as close to anti-Syrian ruling coalition leader Saad al-Hariri.

Here is a chronology of attacks on politicians and other figures in Lebanon since former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri was killed in a car bombing, along with 22 other people, on Feb. 14, 2005.

June 2, 2005 - Samir Kassir, journalist opposed to Syria’s role in Lebanon, is killed in Beirut by a bomb in his car.

June 21 - Former Communist Party leader and critic of Syria George Hawi is killed in Beirut by a bomb in his car.

July 12 - Car bomb wounds caretaker Defence Minister Elias al-Murr and kills one person in Christian area north of Beirut.

Sept 25 - May Chidiac, a Christian television journalist critical of Syria, is seriously wounded by bomb in her car. Dec 12 - Gebran Tueni, staunchly anti-Syrian member of parliament and Lebanese newspaper magnate, is killed by a car bomb in Beirut.

Nov 21, 2006 - Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel is killed by gunmen. U.N. Security Council approves plans for tribunal to try suspects in the assassination of Hariri and subsequent attacks.

June 13, 2007 - Anti-Syrian parliamentarian Walid Eido and six other people killed by a car bomb near a Beirut beach club. Sept 19 - Car bomb in Beirut kills seven people, including anti-Syrian Christian lawmaker Antoine Ghanem.

Dec 12 - Car bomb kills Brigadier General Francois al-Hajj, the army’s head of operations, and a bodyguard in a Christian town east of Beirut. He had been tipped to become the next army chief.

Jan 15, 2008 - A car bomb attack in a Christian area of Beirut kills at least three people and wounds 16, in an explosion that damaged a U.S. embassy car and destroyed others.

Jan 25 - Wisam Eid, a captain in a Lebanese police intelligence unit, is killed in a bomb explosion in mainly Christian east Beirut. At least five other people die in the attack. (Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit)



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