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UN Investigator Suspects Hariri Killing Linked to Other Assassinations


The United Nations investigator probing the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri says he believes the killing is linked to 14 other assassinations.

Serge Brammertz told the U.N. Security Council Wednesday the killings in Lebanon are probably linked, even though he does not have direct evidence to prove it. He said in his latest report that the international community should provide Lebanese authorities with support in investigating the killings.

Brammertz also said that Syria has been generally cooperative with his probe into Mr. Hariri's killing.

Syria has denied any role in the killing of Mr. Hariri, an anti-Syrian politician who died in a massive explosion in Beirut in February, 2005. His murder sparked anti-Syrian protests in Beirut and led to the withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanon after nearly three decades.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.