Army Denies Divulging Info on Probe into Shatah Murder

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The Lebanese army denied on Saturday that it had disclosed any information over the investigation into the car bomb attack that killed ex-Finance Minister Mohammed Shatah.

“The military command categorically denies that it had divulged any information on the ongoing investigation into the assassination of former Minister Mohammed Shatah,” it said in a communique.

The army leadership hoped the media would be careful in disseminating information on the probe which it said is “confidential.”

Shatah, 62, was killed in a car bombing in downtown Beirut on Friday morning as he headed to a meeting of the March 14 coalition at the Center House.

The Honda CRV that blew up was rigged with up to 60 kilograms of explosives, and parked along Shatah's route. The blast struck the former minister's SUV, killing him, his driver and five others.

Scores of people were injured in the bombing, mainly from flying glass in nearby office buildings and hotels.

The army communique came after a report that the Honda used in the bombing was stolen in early 2013 from the coastal town of Rmeileh in the Shouf district and then taken to the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh in the southern city of Sidon.

LBCI TV said Saturday that investigators are trying to find out whether the vehicle was kept at the camp or was sold.

Meanwhile, State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr said that the bodies of the victims of Friday's blast will be handed over to their families.

Comments 13
Thumb lebanon_first 28 December 2013, 14:04

I think the prime suspect for this bomb is Assad.

However, since Chatah (RIP) was an example of moderation and pragmatism amongst a sea of extremism, I wouldnt preclude ISIL for the bomb since they hate moderation.

I am not sure however that ISIL is organized enough for such an operation.

Thumb ice-man 28 December 2013, 14:50

I was happy to learn that you started to spell Santa Claus correctly.

Thumb popeye 28 December 2013, 14:16

All Western intelligence reports converge this is not an ISIL type operation, but rather one similar to the one that killed Hariri. Al Qaeda type operations are typically suicide and not by remote detonation.

This is an Iranian-HA terrorist act to serve 2 messages: A reply to the Iranian Embassy bombing, and one to Hariri to make political concessions. Islamic extremists enemies are Iran and HA.

Thumb primesuspect 28 December 2013, 14:19

Only cowards use remote detonations, it's not al Qaeda or ISIL. They re kamikazes, this is MO is typical of the Shiite coward terrorist organisacion.

Thumb ice-man 28 December 2013, 14:51

@sagh: You have exceeded your daily quota for SPAM.

Thumb proudm14 28 December 2013, 15:10

sagh is not like the average syrian citizen. he is not killed by bombs from jets. he gets "aerial strikes" from prominent ba'ath members into his mouth in the privacy of ba'ath offices.

Thumb _mowaten_ 28 December 2013, 16:52

so primesuspect, since hariri was killed by a suicide bombing i assume what you're saying is he was killed by the brave men of qaeda?

Missing peace 28 December 2013, 15:19

you are just one irrelevant parasite...feeding on your hatred... i pity you poor sod...

Thumb liefighter 28 December 2013, 16:16

Mannak sa8

Thumb _mowaten_ 28 December 2013, 16:51

lol popeye, when you want to sound like you're in the know, compiling for us all the super secret "intelligence reports" and all, at least get your basic facts straight: according to the stl you venerate hariri was killed by a suicide bomber.

Thumb shab 28 December 2013, 14:49

Filthy militia

Thumb _mowaten_ 28 December 2013, 16:44

i heard assir will testify under oath that he personally sold the car to nasrallah, and make more groundbreaking revelations on the conspiracy to make him attack the army against his will. if you dont believe me ask geha to ask his "contacts", they always have the freshest information.

Thumb mckinl 29 December 2013, 09:11

The leak was purported to be from the ISF not the LAF ...