Gunmen Take to Streets in Tripoli after Shatah's Assassinationإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Gunfire erupted in Tripoli on Friday as news broke that former minister Mohammed Shatah, who hails from the northern city, was assassinated in a car bombing in downtown Beirut.
Gunmen roamed the streets on motorcycles and opened fire in the air, according to state-run National News Agency.
Meanwhile, a number of young men blocked the main road in al-Beddawi in protest at the murder.
And in the Abu Ali River area, unknown individuals hurled several hand grenades into the river's stream as gunshots echoed in the district.
Shatah -- a former finance minister and an adviser to former premier Saad Hariri -- was killed in a powerful explosion in the Starco area in central Beirut as he was heading to a March 14 meeting at the Center House.
Several people were killed and dozens others were also wounded in the attack.