TODAY   |  December 27, 2013

Bombing in Beirut targeted Assad opponent

A car bombing in the Lebanese capital Friday targeted a key opponent to Syrian President Bashar Assad. NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin reports.

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>> in cairo. good morning.

>> reporter: good morning, the explosion happened after 9:30 a.m . local time. several members of a political party that opposes president assad in neighboring syria. this explosion killed the former finances minister. he was also lebanon's ambassador to the united states in the late 90s. very well respected individual and a former member of the imf. that has a lot of officials and citizens concerned that the violence in syria is going to spill over into neighboring lebanon at a level that country has not seen for years, natalie.