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May 24, 1982
Beirut, Lebanon
Front for the Liberation of Lebanon from Foreigner
Weapon type: Remote-detonated explosive
Injuries: 22
Fatalities: 14

LEBANON. An automobile packed with 77 pounds of highly explosive material was detonated by remote control just inside the gates of the French embassy in West Beirut, killing fourteen people and injuring 22 others, according to an embassy official. The device was apparently very sophisticated and unlike any previously used in Lebanon. The bombing was the latest in a recent wave of anti-French violence in Beirut involving French nationals and institutions. The victims in this case were mainly Lebanese nationals lining up outside the embassy's visa section, but four of the victims were embassy staff workers, including the woman who owned the car. The Front for the Liberation of Lebanon from Foreigners claimed responsibility for the attack.

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