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Former Montrealer killed in deadly explosion in Beirut

Former Montrealer Nazar Najarian was in his office when he was killed by a huge explosion near the centre of Beirut, Lebanon.

Former Montrealer Nazar Najarian was in his office when he was killed by a huge explosion Tuesday

A picture shows the scene of an explosion in Beirut on Tuesday. The explosion rattled entire buildings and broke glass and was felt in several parts of the city. (Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images)

A former Montreal resident is confirmed to be among the dead following today's explosion in Lebanon.

Nazar Najarian was one of the victims who died in the blast. (Nazar Najarian/Facebook)

Nazar Najarian, a businessman, moved back to Lebanon two years ago. His death was confirmed by Aref Salem, a city councillor for the Montreal borough of Saint-Laurent.

Najarian was in his office when a huge explosion near the centre of Beirut sent shockwaves through the city, flattening port installations and shattering windows in buildings. 

Najarian's wife and two kids are still living in Montreal, Salem said.

A successful businessman, Najarian was well known and active in his community, holding fundraisers in Montreal to help Christian communities on the borders of Lebanon, said Salem.

He said he remembers Najarian as being tall, calm and holding fast in his political ideals. 

"We will miss him," he said. 

Najarian was Secretary General of Lebanon's Christian Kataeb Party.

Close to 80 people died in the blast and thousands more were injured. 

Quebecers with ties to Lebanon were frantically trying to connect with family Tuesday after a blast that left thousands injured and dozens dead. 1:44

 

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