Scene after Beirut blast
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Beirut blast kills Sunni ex-minister Mohamad Chatah

27 December 2013 Last updated at 09:33 GMT

A huge explosion in central Beirut has killed former Lebanese Finance Minister Mohamad Chatah.

He was an adviser to the former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a Sunni Muslim. A car was seen in flames near government offices and the parliament.

The Syrian conflict has increased sectarian tensions in Lebanon.

Carine Torbey reports.