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Attack on US vehicle in Beirut kills 4

ICC Note

Another bomb attack occured in Beirut this time against U.S. Embassy vehicle in which four Beirut residents were killed. The political situation of in Lebanon is extremely precarious due to failure of political parties to elect president for the country.

By Zeina Karam

January 15, 2008 Lebanon (Yahoo!News) – An explosion targeted a U.S. Embassy vehicle Tuesday in northern Beirut, killing four Lebanese and injuring a local embassy employee just ahead of a farewell reception for the American ambassador, U.S. and Lebanese officials said.

In Washington , State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said two embassy employees — including the driver — were in the vehicle damaged in the blast, which could be heard across the Lebanese capital and sent gray smoke billowing near the Mediterranean coast.

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“My understanding is there were four Beirut residents who do not work for the embassy who were killed in the blast,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families.

A senior U.S. official, who was not authorized to release the information and spoke condition of anonymity, said no Americans injured or killed.

A senior Lebanese security official, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with military rules, told The Associated Press the explosion targeted the U.S. vehicle and was in the predominantly Christian Dora-Karantina neighborhood.

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“We are going to take a look at what implications, if any, there are for our security posture in Beirut ,” McCormack said.

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Beirut has had a long history of attacks against Americans since the turmoil of the 17-year civil war, which ended in 1990.

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