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At least eight people were killed and 78 wounded by a bomb that exploded in central Beirut on Friday, the state news agency said.

A man reacts near a burning car at the site of an explosion in Ashafriyeh, central Beirut, October 19, 2012. At least eight people were killed and 78 wounded by a bomb that exploded in central Beirut on Friday, the state news agency said.

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A wounded woman is carried at the site of an explosion in Ashrafieh, central Beirut, October 19, 2012. At least two people were killed and 15 wounded by a huge bomb that exploded in a street in central Beirut on Friday, witnesses and a security source said.

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Civilians and policemen inspect damaged cars after an explosion in Ashafriyeh district, central Beirut, October 19, 2012. A huge car bomb exploded in a street in central Beirut during rush hour on Friday, killing at least eight people and wounding about 80, witnesses and officials said.

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A wounded woman is carried at the site of an explosion in Ashrafieh, central Beirut, October 19, 2012. At least two people were killed and 15 wounded by a huge bomb that exploded in a street in central Beirut on Friday, witnesses and a security source said.

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Lebanese soldiers secure the area after an explosion in Ashafriyeh, central Beirut, October 19, 2012. A huge car bomb exploded in a street in central Beirut during rush hour on Friday, killing at least eight people and wounding about 80, witnesses and officials said.

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Lebanese Interior Minister Marwan Charbel inspects a damaged car after an explosion in Ashafriyeh, central Beirut, October 19, 2012. A huge car bomb exploded in a street in central Beirut during rush hour on Friday, killing at least two people and wounding 46, witnesses and security sources said.

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