A major car bomb in Beirut has killed six people, including former Finance Minister Mohammed Shatah, a top figure in the Lebanese opposition.
Other former Lebanese officials also saw this as unlikely, suggesting the assassination focused on Shatah as a Sunni moderate, and aimed at increasing radicalism in the Sunni-dominated Future Movement.
With no claims of responsibility it is too early to speculate, but Shatah was a major politician in Tripoli, where sectarian violence has been growing, and moderates on both sides have found themselves less welcome.
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