Explosion injures 11 in Beirut
Sunday, March 20, 2005
The explosion was caused by a bomb placed underneath a car that was parked near the eight-story building inhabited by the injured, and left a seven-foot-deep hole in the ground. The building was ruined by the blast.
The Lebanese army responded with a tighter security policy.
"The army will not allow that freedom of expression be abused in order to harm security and stability," declared the military statement.
Lebanese President Émile Lahoud decided not to attend the upcoming Arab summit, and appealed for talks to avoid religious violence.
"Car bomb messages do not threaten our national unity," said opposition leader Walid Jumblatt, speaking from his mountain palace in Mukhtara.
- "11 injured in Beirut blast: President appeals for dialogue" — , March 20, 2005