A bombing in central Beirut has killed five people, including a senior aide to former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, according to the State news agency.

It said Mohammed Chatah and his driver were killed in the powerful explosion early on Friday in downtown Beirut.

Mr. Chatah served as Finance Minister in Mr. Hariri’s Government, and then as his senior adviser after Mr. Hariri lost the premiership in early 2011.

The agency said three other people were also killed and more than 15 wounded.

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