"This is the first terrorist crime that has targeted Lebanon and the Lebanese people since the international tribunal formally started operating. The international community and the brothers of Walid Eido in the Arab and Islamic world are invited today to take their responsibilities and act against terrorism and against the cowardly criminal who is behind this crime."
17. Close up of two Lebanese flags
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18. Various file of Lebanese MP Walid Eido, who was killed in blast
An explosion, apparently from a bomb-rigged car, rocked Beirut's seafront on Wednesday, killing an anti-Syrian lawmaker and nine others, security officials said.
The 65-year-old lawmaker, Walid Eido, was the seventh opponent of Damascus to be killed in two years in the conflict-ridden country.
Eido's son, two bodyguards and six others were also killed in the explosion, security officials said. Eleven others were wounded, they said.
A car was in flames and black smoke was seen rising from a narrow street off the main waterfront in Manara, which is in the Muslim sector of the capital.
The Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation TV station said the explosion came from a bomb-rigged car, a method that has been used to assassinate opponents of Syria over the past two years.
The body of a woman, covered in blood, was seen being pulled away from the scene, which is near an amusement park and a military club.
The explosion shattered windows of apartments in the area, knocked down walls and scattered debris on top of parked cars.
The explosion occurred less than two kilometres (less than a mile) from the site of a suicide truck bombing that killed former anti-Syrian Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 22 others in February 2005.
The UN Security Council earlier this month ordered the creation of a tribunal to prosecute those responsible for Hariri's assassination, despite the opposition from Syrian-backed groups in Lebanon.
The issue of the tribunal has sharply polarised the country. It is at the core of a deep political crisis between the Western-backed government led by Prime Minister Fuad Saniora and the Syrian-backed opposition led by Hezbollah.
Hariri's killing sparked huge protests against Syria, which was widely seen as culpable. Syria denied involvement but was forced to withdraw its troops from Lebanon, ending a 29-year presence.
Before Eido, the last anti-Syrian figure to be killed was 34-year-old Pierre Gemayel, the industry minister, who was killed by assassins' bullets in November.
A series of other explosions have hit Lebanon over the past three weeks, killing at least two people. Lebanese troops also are battling Islamic militants in a Palestinian refugee camp in the northern part of the country.
Hariri's Future bloc, dominated by moderate Sunnis, has come out strongly in support of the Lebanese army in their fight against Fatah Islam.
It also comes amid after tensions between Sunnis and Shiites in Beirut in recent months that has killed 11 people.
Eido was one of the vocal opponents of Hezbollah-led protests and sit-ins in downtown Beirut outside the prime minister's office since December 1 in a campaign to force Prime Minister Fuad Saniora to step down. He has called the encampment in downtown Beirut by the opposition as "occupation."