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Bomb Explodes in Christian Area of Beirut; One Dead, Nine Wounded

16 September 2005

A bomb has exploded in a mainly Christian neighborhood in Beirut, Lebanon, killing at least one person and wounding nine others.

The blast occurred near a bank in the Achrafieh section of town shortly before midnight local time Friday. Emergency personnel rushed to the scene of the blast, which badly damaged a building and at least two cars.

Beirut has suffered a series of bombings since late last year, including a car bomb attack that killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Syria has been suspected of involvement in some of the bombings, including Mr. Hariri's assassination. Syria denies any role.

Earlier this week, a United Nations investigator working on the Hariri case traveled to Damascus to arrange interviews with several officials about their possible role in the attack.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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