Former Lebanese Finance Minister "Mohammad Shatah" was killed along with seven others in a car bomb explosion in Downtown Beirut.
At least 71 people were also wounded in the blast that targeted Shatah’s motorcade as it drove in the capital’s central district at around 9:40 a.m.
Civil Defense teams and Lebanese Red Cross ambulances rushed to the scene of the explosion where body parts were seen scattered along the commercial street.
The Army has cordoned off the blast site and the Lebanese Red Cross is transporting the wounded to various hospitals in Beirut.
Lebanese National News Agency reported that the explosion damaged six buildings, 14 shops and 42 vehicles which were parked along the street.
Hours after the explosion, President Michel Sleiman called for a meeting of the Higher Defense Council Saturday at 9 a.m. at Baabda Palace.