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Last Updated:  Sunday, 6 April, 2003, 05:16 GMT 06:16 UK
Bomb attack on Beirut McDonald's
Lebanese Red Cross workers carry away an injured girl after an explosion at the American chain McDonald's restaurant in Dora, a suburb of Beirut
Several people were injured in the blast
A bomb has exploded in a McDonald's restaurant in Lebanon, wounding at least three people.

Saturday's blast was caused by a small amount of dynamite hidden in the toilet of the restaurant in Dora, a Christian district of Beirut.

Police later found a car filled with 55 kilograms of TNT in a nearby car park.

The car did not explode because of failures in two of the three detonators, police said.

This "saved the district from a catastrophe", a police official said.

No group has said it carried out the attack.

It is the fourth on an American fast food outlet since early March - but the first to occur at a time when the restaurant was bound to be full.

The other attacks - which occurred at night or around dawn - have hurt no one.

Series of incidents

On 24 March, a small bomb went off at a British cultural centre in Beirut but caused no injuries.

Last week, a man stormed into a British bank in Beirut with explosives strapped to his body, threatening to detonate himself before he gave himself up to police.

In November, an American nurse was shot dead at a clinic in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon where she worked.

American businesses and western embassies in Lebanon have been given armed guards by internal security forces since the start of the Iraq crisis.

The US embassy has urged American citizens to leave Lebanon.

The Lebanese government is opposed to the US-led war on the Iraq.

Beirut has seen almost daily anti-war demonstrations and calls for boycotts of American products.




SEE ALSO:
American shot dead in Lebanon
21 Nov 02  |  Middle East
Fast food outlets bombed in Lebanon
12 Nov 02  |  Middle East
Country profile: Lebanon
03 Mar 03  |  Country profiles


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