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Lebanese PM offers his resignation

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Fallout from the car bomb that killed eight people in Beirut.

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati offers his resignation

SOUNDBITE: Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati saying (Arabic):

"We are completely aware of how dangerous the situation is. Despite my offer to resign my position, the President has asked me to give him some time to hold national talks. I will not do anything further until I receive a response from the President. I am also aware that this situation calls upon us to take a national stance.''

In some of Lebanon's major cities, dozens of Sunni gunmen roamed the streets --- many of them furious about the killing of intelligence officer Wissam al-Hassan, a fellow Sunni.

Hassan led the investigation that implicated Syria, and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah, in the assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister, Rafik al-Hariri.

Friday's explosion deepened fears that violence in neighboring Syria is spilling over into Lebanon, and that the attack could be a harbinger of more violence to come.

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