Lebanese Druze Moslem leader Walid Jumblatt escaped an apparent assassination attempt on December 1 when a car bomb exploded near him in the heart of West Beirut.
1. GV & SV Cars blaze as people run past area guarded by soldiers (2 shots) 0.07
2. GV PAN Walid Jumblatt is carried by soldiers; he has bleeding head wound; he's put into an ambulance which then speeds away (3 shots) 0.34
3. GV PAN Mrs. Jumblatt is carried to ambulance 0.44
4. GV PAN Injured man is carried from burning car (2 shots) 1.02
5. GV Man uses fire extinguisher on blazing car 1.07
6. SV PAN Woman is carried by soldier 1.10
7. GV PAN People using fire extinguisher on burning car wrecks (3 shots) 1.34
8. GV Ambulance tries to get through wreckage-strewn street 1.51
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Background: BEIRUT, LEBANON
Lebanese Druze Moslem leader Walid Jumblatt escaped an apparent assassination attempt on December 1 when a car bomb exploded near him in the heart of West Beirut. Dozens of cars were damaged in the blast which killed four people and injured more than 15 others, among them Mr. Jumblatt's wife. The couple were rushed to hospital. Her husband carried to the waiting ambulance by soldiers, bleeding from a head wound. Ambulance had to negotiate debris-strewn streets to get to the wounded. The bomb went off as Mr. Jumblatt was driving his car out of an underground garage into a busy street. Minutes after the explosion, thick smoke covered the area and Lebanese soldiers fired shots into the air to deter onlookers. Mr. Jumblatt was treated in hospital and later discharged. He said his wife was not badly hurt but would remain in hospital. Mr. Jumblatt is a prominent leftist leader of the Druze Moslems, his father and grandfather were both victims of assassins.
Source: REUTERS - MOHAMED AWWAD