Teen wounded in Beirut bombing dies

Mohammad al-Chaar selfieMohammad al-Chaar, a Lebanese teenager who was seen posing for a group photo with his friends in front of a bomb-laden car moments before it exploded, died of his injuries in Beirut on Saturday.

“The number of victims from the attack rose to seven after the death of young Mohammad al-Chaar this morning, succumbing to his injuries at the American University of Beirut Medical Center,” said Lebanon’s official NNA news agency, according to Agence France-Presse.

Following Friday’s bombing in the heart of Beirut, press photographers saw the 16-year-old lying bleeding on the pavement, before he was taken to hospital with severe injuries.

Dozens of people were also wounded in the bombing, which officials said was caused by 50-60 kilograms of explosives.

The news of the teenager’s death was met with an outpouring of grief from friends and family.

The ‘selfie’ of al-Chaar was widely distributed on the internet, and the confirmation of his death sparked an outpouring of tributes on social media networks.

Chaar and his friends Omar Bikdash, Rabih Youssef and Ahmad Moghrabi, all secondary school students, were at a park nearby enjoying a sunny Friday morning at the time of the explosion.

Moghrabi, Youssef and Bikdash survived the blast while Chaar was transferred to the hospital after suffering serious head wounds.

Casting blame

Friday’s bombing in the center of the Lebanese capital wounded dozens and claimed six more lives, including Dr. Mohammad Chatah, a former Finance Minister and close aid to former PM Saad Hariri.

The Lebanese March 14 political coalition blamed Shiite militant group Hezbollah and the Syrian regime for the attacks.

Dozens of people were also wounded in the bombing, which officials said was caused by 50-60 kilograms of explosives.

Chatah is to be buried at the mausoleum of Hariri’s father on Sunday, which President Michel Sleiman has declared a national day of mourning.

Rafik Hariri, the former prime minister, was killed in a suicide bombing on the Beirut seafront on Feb. 14, 2005.

Photo: Mohammad al-Chaar, wearing a red pullover, is seen in this selfie taken on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, and circulated on social media websites just before the car bombing that targeted former Finance Minister Mohammad Chatah in Downtown Beirut.

Al Arabiya

  • cook

    This is so sad, I wish Iran would give up terrorism but I guess its too much to ask for

    • Hind Abyad

      Are just out of the Asylum? How do you know it’s Iran, why dont you say it out loud!!
      Israel wants Lebanon to attack Iran, chaos, terror, wars, destructions, help Zionists plans.

      • Tk

        Your logic doesn’t make sense. you remind back in lebanon. If anyone fart then automatically is the mistake of Israel. People are dying on the street, a young Mohammad al-Chaar succumbed of his wounds… All you say is Israel and Israel… I am just tired of this logical interpretation. Oh By the way cigarette can kill you , that is a fact….

  • Heraclitus

    This is so sad, I wish Iran would give up terrorism but I guess its too much to ask for

    • Hind Abyad

      Are just out of the Asylum? How do you know it’s Iran, why dont you say it out loud!!
      Israel wants Lebanon to attack Iran, chaos, terror, wars, destructions, help Zionists plans.

      • Tk

        Your logic doesn’t make sense. you remind back in lebanon. If anyone fart then automatically is the mistake of Israel. People are dying on the street, a young Mohammad al-Chaar succumbed of his wounds… All you say is Israel and Israel… I am just tired of this logical interpretation. Oh By the way cigarette can kill you , that is a fact….

  • guss043

    God rest his soul, he didn’t die in vain, if history teaches anything that murderers and dictators who shed the blood of innocents will be judged and justice will be served from Nero, to Hilter to Saddam..whomever ordered this killing will not escape justice , and justice will be served no matter how long it will take, ,not Obama not Putin will be able to protect Assad, Nasrallah and ,Rafsanjani, and all the murderers behind the killing in Lebanon , his parents will live to see justice served , just let them sit on their sidewalk and the coffin of the murderers will be passing by soon !!!

  • guss043

    God rest his soul, he didn’t die in vain, if history teaches anything that murderers and dictators who shed the blood of innocents will be judged and justice will be served from Nero, to Hilter to Saddam..whomever ordered this killing will not escape justice , and justice will be served no matter how long it will take, ,not Obama not Putin will be able to protect Assad, Nasrallah and ,Rafsanjani, and all the murderers behind the killing in Lebanon , his parents will live to see justice served , just let them sit on their sidewalk and the coffin of the murderers will be passing by soon !!!

  • guss043

    2nd Cedar REVOLUTION 10 times bigger than 2005 should start NOWWWWWWWWWWWWW, Chatah was apolitican and killing him could have happened at Hariri time , but this innocent boy killing should be as the Tunisian revolution that started by a vegetable vendor should trigger a bigger cedar revolution that should make all his killers shivers and know that their time is ending soon !!! just hope

  • guss043

    2nd Cedar REVOLUTION 10 times bigger than 2005 should start NOWWWWWWWWWWWWW, Chatah was apolitican and killing him could have happened at Hariri time , but this innocent boy killing should be as the Tunisian revolution that started by a vegetable vendor should trigger a bigger cedar revolution that should make all his killers shivers and know that their time is ending soon !!! just hope