October 22nd, 2012
01:33 PM ET

Threat by text, then Lebanon official killed in bombing

[Updated at 1:33 p.m. ET] A team from the FBI is going to Lebanon to assist in the investigation, U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Monday.

[Posted at 9:13 a.m. ET] Lebanon's top intelligence official was going to be briefed about threats made by text message, a member of parliament told CNN on Monday.

The meeting was scheduled for Friday afternoon. Brig. Gen. But Wissam Al-Hassan never made it. He was killed Friday in a Beirut car bombing.

The alleged texts came from a Syrian phone number, parliament members from the opposition Future Movement party said. Four other Future Movement leaders all received the same message on the day they say al-Hassan was assassinated, Ahmad Fatfat, a Future Movement parliament member, told CNN on Monday.

Al-Hassan was a critic of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's rule, and his death has led some to blame the attack on the Syrian government.

After al-Hassan's death, another chilling text message came through.

"Mabruk, the countdown has started. One of ten," the text message said.

Mabruk means congratulations in Arabic.

On Sunday, party members received a third threat, Fatfat said.

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Eno, Brian

    On the edge of what?

    October 22, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gregory Faith

    I love technology, but what in the world are these third world people doing with it! Using it for HATE not PEACE. Now that really puts the spin on TEXTING. Now it will get you killed if you use that tech in your daily life. I don't to know when I'm going to be zapped. Especially by text! Sad, so sad.

    October 22, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jay Rehnberg

    Hello people, I'm trying to get through, but the static...Lebanon will be free once and for all. What the Good Lord wants the GL gets. What is Syria but madness?

    October 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
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