A bomb blast in Lebanon's capital has killed a prominent anti-Syrian politician, two days after parliamentary elections brought victory to an alliance opposed to Syrian influence in the country.
Police say George Hawi, a former leader of the Lebanese Communist party, died instantly when a remote-control bomb destroyed his car in central Beirut. The driver and a pedestrian were wounded.
Tuesday's attack was the second killing of an anti-Syrian figure this month. Noted Lebanese newspaper columnist Samir Kassir was killed June 2 in a similar blast.
Meanwhile United Nations investigators questioned the head of Lebanon's presidential guard as part of a probe into the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
The February 14 killing sparked widespread political unrest in Lebanon and forced Syria to withdraw from the country. Mr. Hariri's son, Saad, then led the opposition to victory in the polls.