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Aug 28, 1980
Beirut, Lebanon
Front for the Liberation of Lebanon from Foreigner
Weapon type: Firearms
Injuries: 0
Fatalities: 0

LEBANON. U.S. Ambassador John Gunther Dean escaped unharmed after gunmen in a speeding automobile attacked his bulletproof limousine as he was leaving his Hazmieh residence in a convoy. The ensuing battle between the ambassador's bodyguards and the gunmen left the embassy car demolished on the passenger side, glass shattered, and tires flat. Two Lebanese suspected of being linked to the assassination attempt were taken into custody for questioning. The attack came just hours after Dean said the United States was working with Israel and the United Nations to end the violence among Christian militiamen and Palestinian guerrillas in southern Lebanon. Dean had also created an uproar in August when he condemned an Israeli raid on Palestinian guerrilla strongholds in the area. Responsibility for the attack was later claimed by the Front for the Liberation of Lebanon from Foreigners, a shadowy right-wing group.

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