CAIRO, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- A deadly car bombing Friday in Lebanese capital Beirut that killed eight people, including Chief of Information Department of Lebanon's Internal Security Forces, Wissam al-Hassan, and injured over 85 received condemnation of the United Nations, the Arab League (AL) and many countries around the world.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Lebanon.
He called for a thorough investigation into the bombing and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.
The blast, the first of its kind in Beirut since 2008, left Wissam El Hassan, a senior Lebanese security official, and seven others dead. More than 80 others were injured.
The bombing came amid heightened tensions and rifts in Lebanon, where religious sects are divided between those supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and those backing the opposition trying to force him out.
Ban, the UN secretary-general, "called on all Lebanese parties not to be provoked by this heinous terrorist act and to maintain their commitment to national unity."
"At a time of regional turbulence, it is of the utmost importance that all parties ensure calm and restraint in order to preserve peace and stability in Lebanon," Ban added.
The UN Security Council also strongly condemned the car bomb explosion, calling it a "terrorist attack."
"The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of this heinous act and to the people and government of Lebanon," said a statement released to the press here by Guatemala's Permanent UN Representative Gert Rosenthal, whose delegation holds the Council' s rotating presidency for this month.
In Cairo, where the AL is headquartered, AL Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi condemned the terrorist bombing, saying "there are hands of evil trying to tamper with security and stability of Lebanon, pushing the country toward security slides and political divisions amid the Syrian crisis and the situation tense in the region."
He also called for all the political leaders of Lebanon to show restraint, and work together to capture the assailants.
Leaders of other countries also joined condemnation of the bombing.
"The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack today in Beirut that killed Lebanese Internal Security Forces Information Bureau Director Wissam al-Hassan and at least seven others, and wounded dozens more," said U.S. National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor in a statement.
Describing Lebanon's security and stability as "vital" both for the Middle East country and its neighbors, Vietor noted that there is "no justification for using assassination as a political tool."
While conveying condolences to friends and families of the victims, Vietor also pledged Washington's support for Lebanon's efforts to bring to justice those responsible for the attack.
In Paris, French President Francois Hollande, in a statement released by the Presidency office, condemned strongly the car bombing, reaffirming Paris' "commitment to the security, stability, independence and sovereignty of Lebanon."
Also on Friday, Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi condemned the "coward terrorist act" and said that "such blasts are condemned whenever happened and there is nothing to justify them."
Condoling with survivors and victims' families, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi called on the Lebanese people to stand united against what he called "enemy threats," according to local Press TV.
The Lebanese government has set Saturday as a national day of mourning, local National News Agency reported.
Lebanese President Michel Suleiman extended his condolences to the relatives of the victims of the attack and urged security and judicial departments to launch an immediate investigation to punish the assailants.
The president called on the Lebanese to "resist the attempts against their security and stop terrorism from causing strife or despair among them."
CAIRO, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Arab League (AL) condemned Friday a car bombing earlier in the day that killed at least eight people and injured over 85 others in Lebanese capital Beirut.
In a statement, Nabil al-Arabi, secretary general of the pan- Arab body, condemned the terrorist bombing targeting the chief of Information Department of Lebanon's Internal Security Forces, Wissam al-Hassan. Full story
UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- UN Security Council on Friday strongly condemned a fatal car bomb explosion in the heart of Lebanon's capital Beirut, calling it a "terrorist attack."
"The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of this heinous act and to the people and government of Lebanon," said a statement released to the press here by Guatemala's Permanent UN Representative Gert Rosenthal, whose delegation holds the Council' s rotating presidency for this month. Full story