Sunday, September 25, 2005

Lebanese anti-Syrian TV anchor in critical condition after bombing

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BBC reports:

A Lebanese television journalist has been seriously wounded by a bomb blast in her car north of the capital Beirut.

May Chidiac, a news anchor for the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC), was taken to hospital and said to be in a critical condition.

LBC, a Christian TV station, is reputed to be one of the most prominent anti-Syrian media outlets in Lebanon.

...Ms Chidiac is well-known for hosting political programmes. LBC said the bomb had been planted under the driver's seat of her Range Rover and exploded when she turned on the car's ignition.

The station said she had had an arm and a leg amputated.

Several other political figures and members of the public have been killed in bombings since Mr Hariri's death in February...

Update-Lebanon's Daily Star: LBC's May Chidiac in stable condition

According to a surgeon who treated Chidiac on arrival at Notre-Dame du Liban, the journalist had not lost consciousness. "Her limbs could be saved. Her face and hair were burnt," he said, denying earlier reports that she had her hand and leg had been amputated.

...Speaking to reporters outside the hospital in Jounieh, Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said that the bomb, like other recent explosions, was related to the investigation into the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 20 others on February 14.

Earlier in the day, Chidiac, in her forties, hosted a morning political show with a leading political analyst from a local newspaper. During the show, Chidiac questioned her guest on the possible involvement of Syria in Hariri's assassination and discussed moves to isolate Syria and a possible regime change in Damascus.

As The Daily Star went to press, Dr. Antoine Zoughbi, Hotel Dieu's medical director, asserted to the press that Chidiac's condition was stable.