BEIRUT: The death toll from Friday’s car bombing in Beirut that claimed the life of former Minister Mohammad Shatah rose to seven, a security source said over the weekend.
Mohammad Shaar, a bystander, died Saturday after being critically wounded in the explosion in the Downtown Beirut area a day earlier, the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.
The explosion in the morning hours of Friday targeted Shatah as he drove to a meeting of the March 14 coalition that was underway at former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s Downtown Beirut residence. Shatah’s bodyguard was also killed in the blast.
The assassination of Shatah was seen as a major blow to moderation within the Sunni community in Lebanon and escalated tensions in an already volatile country divided over the crisis in Syria.