Amwal Al Ghad - 2012-10-20 08:09:41
Reports of a large explosion emerged on Twitter at 2:49 p.m. Friday afternoon, with people hearing it from Mar Mikhael to Downtown Beirut, before the news of the deadly bomb blast had reached mainstream media.
But the initial picture was hazy with little more than images of a huge smoke cloud billowing from the direction of Sassine.As soon as it became clear a car bomb was behind the huge explosion, and before confirmation later in the evening that Information Branch chief Wissam al-Hasan was the target, speculation soon abounded as to the motive of the attack, which killed at least four others and left at least 110 wounded.
Several politicians initially took to Twitter expressing hope that everyone was okay and as phone networks were down across the city, Telecommunications Minister Nicolas Sehnaoui tweeted that mobile transmissions stations were being moved to the bomb site to “facilitate rescue efforts.”
However, many on Twitter soon condemned the way in which some politicians appeared to be using the attack to extend certain agendas, urging restraint and a need for calm reflection in the wake of a tragedy. “The last thing I want to hear right now is what some Lebanese politician thinks about this,” Iyad El-Baghdadi tweeted. More»