( dpa ) - US President George W Bush on Saturday condemned the bombing of a police convoy that left six people dead, including a high-ranking Lebanese security official.
Bush called Friday's bombing a terrorist attack that was "part of the continuing assault on Lebanons institutions." The United States "will not falter" in its support for the country's democratically elected, Western-backed government.
"The Lebanese people should be able to enjoy security and liberty without the threat of terrorism, violence, and foreign intimidation," Bush said in a statement.
The blast took place Friday morning in Lebanon along a roadway leading out of Beirut, killing Captain Wissam Eid - the presumed target of the attack - as well as one of his bodyguards and four passers-by.
Eid's death is the latest of a string of assassinations in recent years against Lebanese officials and figures opposed to Syrian influence in the country. Syria has been implicated in previous assassinations, including the 2005 murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.
Bush again urged Syria and Iran to "end their interference in and obstruction of Lebanons political process."
White House Press Secretary Dana Perino on Friday did not rule out the possibility the Syrians were behind the attack on Eid.
"I couldn't put it past them, but I can't say that for sure," she said.