Beirut explosion: FBI participates in investigation into Lebanon | World news

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A team of FBI investigators is due to arrive in Lebanon this weekend to participate in the investigation into the Beirut explosion, a senior US official said after visiting the site of the explosion.David Hale, the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, on Saturday called for a full and transparent investigation. He said the FBI team was participating at the invitation of Lebanese authorities to determine what caused the August 4 explosion that killed nearly 180 people and injured thousands.

The cause of the fire that ignited nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate in the port of Beirut remains uncertain. Documents emerged showing that the country’s top leaders and security officials were aware of the chemicals stored in the port. France is also participating in the investigation carried out by the Lebanese.

“We really need to make sure that there is a thorough, transparent and credible investigation. I know that’s what everyone demands, ”Hale said.

Search and rescue teams came from all over the world immediately after. Hale visited the site of the explosion with Lebanese army officers.

Many Lebanese want the investigation out of the hands of their government, fearing that feuds between entrenched political factions known to be corrupt will fail to reveal findings that could harm their leaders.

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