BEIRUT — Lebanon's state-run media says a senior security official was killed in Friday's car bomb attack in Beirut.

The National News Agency said in a statement that it "announces the martyrdom" of Maj. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, the head of the national police intelligence unit, in the explosion that ripped through east Beirut.

Al-Hassan was among at least eight people killed. The bomb wounded dozens of other, sheared the balconies off apartment buildings and sent bloodied residents staggering into the streets in the most serious blast the Lebanese capital has seen in more than four years.