BEIRUT, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- Mohammad Shatah, former Lebanese finance minister and adviser to former prime minister Saad Hariri was killed Friday in a booby trapped car explosion while his convoy was passing through downtown Beirut.
A local security source confirmed to Xinhua that Shatah was killed immediately when a Nissan type booby trapped car went off near the Starco complex downtown Beirut at 9:30 a.m.
Four others, including Shatah's body guard, were killed in the blast and 15 people were injured, the source added.
Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati swiftly called for an emergency meeting for the Higher Council for Disasters.
Shatah had served as adviser to former premier Fouad Saniora and his successor Saad Hariri, whose father was assassinated in a huge Beirut seafront car bomb in February 2005 blamed on Syria.
A meeting for the March 14 alliance was scheduled to be held at the Center House in downtown.
Early estimates said around 30 kilograms of highly combustible elements were used in the explosives.
Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel moved to the scene of the blast where he expressed hope that such incidents would not take place again.
He urged officials to engage in a dialogue as the only solution to Lebanon's crises.
Beirut has been hit by several deadly attacks over the past months, including twin suicide bombings in November that targeted the Iranian embassy and bombings in the southern suburbs of Beirut considered the heartland of Hezbollah.
The raging war in neighboring Syria has deeply divided the Lebanese and triggered political tensions and sectarian clashes in the country.