US official: FBI to join Beirut explosion investigation

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BEIRUT (AP) — Visiting U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale says the Federal Bureau of Investigation will be joining Lebanese and other international investigators in the probe into the Beirut port blast that killed and wounded thousands.

Hale said during a visit to one of the impacted neighborhood in Beirut on Thursday that the FBI will take part at the invitation of Lebanese authorities.

He said the participation in the probe is one of the ways the US is helping Lebanon in dealing with the aftermath of the drastic explosion. Hale arrived in Lebanon Thursday and is due to meet with Lebanese officials for the next two days.

The Aug. 4 blast killed more than 170 people, injured at least 6,000 and wrecked the capital’s port and caused widespread damage across the capital.

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