A bomb exploded at the main entrance of the Beirut office of the Grand Mufti, Lebanon's top Moslem religious leader on Tuesday (25 December).
GV: Street scene in Beirut
GV: Office building of Lebanon's Grand Mufti
SV: Man being checked by soldier at gate of building
SV: Bomb crater at gate of building. (2 shots)
SV: Man clearing broken glass at window. (2 shots)
SV: Another man clearing broken glass off window frame
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Background: A bomb exploded at the main entrance of the Beirut office of the Grand Mufti, Lebanon's top Moslem religious leader on Tuesday (25 December). The device caused some damage, but no casualties were reported.
SYNOPSIS: The blast was the third bomb attack in Beirut this month. It was apparently aimed directly at the offices of the Grand Mufti, Lebanon's most important Moslem religious leader.
The Director General of the Mufti's office, Hussein Al-Kuwatli, immediately condemned the incident and speculated about the possibility that it might be connected with the recent siege of the Grand Mosque in Mecca by extremist moslem Gunmen.
The bomb only caused structural damage. No one was hurt in the incident, but several windows in the Mufti's offices were blown out. Workmen began repairing the damage soon after the early morning blast. There was no immediate indication who planted the bomb, and no one has yet claimed responsibility.