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New details from the investigation into al-Hassan’s killing emerged Tuesday, suggesting it was carried out by a group that had cracked the intelligence chief’s tight security regime.

The head of Lebanon’s police, Maj. Gen. Ashraf Rifi, said the bomb that killed al-Hassan was planted in a stolen car that had been parked on a narrow street near a secret office al-Hassan occasionally used to meet sources.

Al-Hassan had returned to Lebanon from Paris the night before, but few people knew he was in Beirut, Rifi said. Al-Hassan and his bodyguard were driving a rented Honda Accord that was not armored to avoid drawing attention.

Rifi said the bomb was detonated by remote control from a place overlooking the site. He confirmed reports from Washington Monday that the FBI was sending a team to Lebanon to help with the investigation. FBI teams have helped investigate several bombings in Lebanon since 2005.

Lebanese newspapers reported Rifi’s comments Tuesday after he briefed top editors the night before.

A senior Lebanese security official said al-Hassan entered Beirut’s airport using a false name and later sent his passport back to be stamped. The official said this could have alerted the attackers that al-Hassan was in Lebanon.

Authorities are examining phone calls to and from al-Hassan’s mobile phone, the official also said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

The killing echoed assassinations of other anti-Syria figures: the newspaper editor and lawmaker Gibran Tueni in 2005 and the Christian lawmaker Antoine Ghanem in 2007. Both were killed by car bombs soon after they secretly returning from abroad.

After the killing, opposition politicians called for the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Mikati and his government, which is dominated by Hezbollah. But such calls appeared to have lost steam Tuesday, following three days of clashes and protests.

At his first day back at work since the killing, Mikati received EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who called on all Lebanese leaders to help maintain Lebanon’s stability.

Mikati later referred al-Hassan’s case to the Supreme Judicial Council, which handles political and state security crimes, then left for Saudi Arabia to perform the annual Muslim pilgrimage, or hajj.

In the northern city of Tripoli, the army was deployed between two neighborhoods that support opposite sides in Syria’s uprising and had been clashing since the killing. The state news agency said authorities had detained 100 people involved in the unrest in Beirut and Tripoli.

Al-Hassan was known for breaking up foreign spy rings and terrorist cells as well as for cases seen as strikes against Hezbollah and Syria.

Earlier this year, his work led to the arrest of former Information Minister Michel Samaha, who is accused of plotting a wave of bombings in Lebanon at Syria’s behest. Syrian Brig. Gen. Ali Mamlouk, one of Assad’s most senior aides, was indicted in absentia in the August sweep.

Lebanon expert Aram Nerguizian of the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington said it is too early to cast blame for al-Hassan’s killing. Besides the political cases, al-Hassan also pursued people involved in money laundering and other crimes.

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