Samir Kassir was killed on 2 June 2005 when his white Alfa Romeo car exploded at 10:45 a.m. (07:45 GMT) in the Christian neighbourhood of Achrafieh. A woman whose identity was not immediately know was injured by the blast.
A writer and historian with both French and Lebanese citizenship, 45-year-old Kassir had been writing columns for the past 10 years for An-Nahar ("The Day" in Arabic), a moderate daily newspaper with a circulation of 55,000.
Well-known for his anti-Syrian positions and his criticism of the "Lebanese police state," he had been harassed and threatened for years. He was also an active participant in the anti-Syrian protests in the spring of this year.
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