Siniora asks UN to help investigate
( Gulfnews ) Lebanon's prime minister asked the United Nations on Wednesday to help the government investigate the assassination of an anti-Syrian parliamentarian and others killed in a car bomb attack.
Antoine Ganem of the Christian Phalange party died in Beirut in an attack his allies blamed on Damascus. He was the seventh anti-Syrian figure to die in Lebanon since the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Al Hariri .
The United Nations has created a commission to investigate the deaths and both Secretary-General Ban Ki -moon and the UN Security Council condemned the attack.
In a letter to Ban, the Lebanese prime minister, Fouad Siniora , requested "technical assistance in the effort to investigate the murder."
Siniora said at least six civilians were killed in an eastern suburb of Beirut and more than 50 others were injured.
He noted "this horrific assassination is the latest in a series of attacks aimed at Lebanese politicians" and had occurred only a few days before parliament was due to convene to elect a new president.
Ban, in a statement said he was "shocked by the brutal assassination" of Ganem and condemned "in the strongest terms this terrorist attack."