Nightly News   |  December 27, 2013

Is Syrian war now spilling into Lebanon?

NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin reports from Beirut where a car bomb killed a respected Lebanese politician and several others.

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>>> overseas there was a huge explosion in lebanon. a deadly car bomb killed a former lebanese ambassador to the u.s. and a critic to the assad rhee re jet stream in syria . further proof that the civil war in syria is spilling over to neighbors. ayman mohyeldin is in beirut tonight.

>> reporter: i'm just a few meters away from the scene of the explosion surrounded by luxury hotels and modern office buildings. today it was a scene of carnage and horror. the car bomb killed a respected lebanese politician, a former ambassador to washington, but more importantly an outspoken critic of the syrian regime and the lebanese ally, hezbollah, the powerful militia and party in lebanon that's been sending fiegers fighters to battle the regime. tensions have been rising. regardless of the motivation behind the attack, many lebanese feel the war in neighboring syria is being fought right here at home. natalie?

>> ayman mohyeldin in beirut. thank you.