Sat, 05 Mar 2005
From: Reuters

Hariri query to be announced

LEBANON: Lebanon's investigations show that ex-prime minister Rafik al-Hariri was almost certainly killed by a suicide car bomb, a judicial source close to the probe said on Friday.

The source said results of the probe would be released next week. He expected them to show that a Muslim militant who had appeared in a video tape claiming responsibility for the attack was in the car that ripped through Hariri's motorcade in Beirut on Feb. 14.

"The attack happened when a car slowed up to allow Hariri's motorcade to pass it. As the motorcade passed it, the car blew up," the source said.

He said evidence came from a security camera at a nearby bank that caught parts of the incident.

Lebanon's opposition and the international community have made revealing the identity of Hariri's killers a key priority. Many have pointed the finger at Syria, which is under intense pressure to quit Lebanon. Damascus has denied any role.

The source said investigators were working on identifying the brand of the car used and expected the arrival of Swiss experts over the weekend to help find out the type of explosives, which he said weighed around 300 kg to 350 kg.--Reuters





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