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YARMOUTH, Mass. —A West Yarmouth man has been charged with assault and battery after an attack on a pregnant woman at a motel, police said.

Yarmouth police were called to the Tidewater Motor Lodge on Tuesday for a report of a domestic assault in progress.

When police arrived at the motel, they found the door to a room kicked in and the door frame shattered.

Inside the room, police said they found Matthew D. Chicoine, 22, in the middle of the room. Police described him as “hostile, enraged and uncooperative.”

Police also found a crying, 5 ½-month-pregnant woman with blood on her hands and face. The woman told police Chicoine hit her in the face numerous times, ripped the telephone from the wall as she tried to call for help and strangled her twice to the point she blacked out.

She said Chicoine deliberately smashed her head against the table in the room, against the floor in the room and kicked the bathroom door in on top of her as she shielded their 18-month-old child, police said.

Chicoine was arraigned in Barnstable District Court on charges of assault and battery on a pregnant person; three counts of aggravated assault and battery while armed with a dangerous weapon; attempted murder; being in possession of a dangerous weapon, a knife, during a disturbance; intimidation of a witness; and two counts of malicious destruction of property.

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The blanket-covered body of former Finance minister Mohammad Chatah ;oes next to the wreckage of his car in downtown Beirut, Friday.

By Mustafa Kassem and Alastair Jamieson, NBC News

BEIRUT – The former Lebanese ambassador to the United States was assassinated early Friday by a bomb explosion close to the government headquarters in central Beirut that also killed at least four others.

Mohammad Chatah, who is a senior aide to former prime minister Saad Hariri, was attending a meeting of senior leaders of the March 14 political party, which is staunchly opposed to the Assad regime in neighboring Syria and is very critical of Hezbollah inside of Lebanon.

The blast, which apparently targeted Chatah’s convoy, set cars on fire and sent black smoke billowing into the sky above the recently-reconstructed upscale business and zone of Beirut, close to the Intercontinental Phoenica Hotel.

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Ex-ambassador to US and finance minister Mohammed Shatah, in this undated file photo.

Four others were killed. Chatah’s driver was among the the victims, according to Reuters, citing security sources.

A Reuters witness at the scene said Chatah’s car was “totally destroyed. It is a wreck.”

Hariri heads the main, Western-backed coalition in Lebanon which is engaged in bitter feuding with the militant Hezbollah group, which is allied to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Chatah was also a prominent economist and former finance minister. He also served at the IMF and was former vice governor of Banque di Liban.

He was one of the closest aides to Hariri’s father, Rafik Hariri, the Lebanese prime minister who was killed in a truck bombing in Beirut in 2005 not far from Friday’s explosion.

Chatah posted a tweet critical of Hezbollah less than two hours before his death.

Lebanon has seen a wave of bombings over the past months as tensions rise over Syria’s civil war.

An Iranian diplomat was among at least 23 people killed in a suspected twin suicide bomb attack at the Iranian Embassy in November.

An al Qaeda-linked terror group claimed responsibility – the latest sign that Syria’s civil war is spilling over the border into Lebanon.

GlobalPost contributor Joseph Kechichian told news channel Al Jazeera that Friday’s bomb was “absolutely” related to the civil war in Syria.

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A Lebanese man carries an injured woman at the scene of the explosion in Beirut, Friday.

“Nothing goes on here in Lebanon nowadays that if not affected by what it happening in Syria,” he said. “There are so many refugees from Syria living here. We are breathing, eating, living Syria, day in, day out.”

NBC News’ F. Brinley Bruton and Reuters contributed to this report. Alastair Jamieson reported from London.

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This story was originally published on Fri Dec 27, 2013 4:46 AM EST