A powerful car bomb exploded outside a nightclub in predominantly Moslem West Beirut last night (17 June) killing one person and injuring 22.
SV Police and troops search area around bombed car
SV Soldier opens boot of car as fire still burns inside
SV Fireman spray water onto burning car
CU Another damaged car
SV Police and crowd around damaged cars
CU Policeman picking up remains of mortar shell
SV Police examine bomb car
CU PAN Militiaman to police examining wreckage (2 shots)
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Background: A powerful car bomb exploded outside a nightclub in predominantly Moslem West Beirut last night (17 June) killing one person and injuring 22.
SYNOPSIS: The blast was caused by a 35 kilogram (70 pounds) bomb planted in a car which was parked outside the club. The explosion wrecked the club premises and left the building blazing. About 15 cars parked nearby were badly damaged not the blast, which shattered windows in surrounding buildings, sending chunks of twisted metal flying up to 500 metres away.
Security forces and militiamen sealed off the area immediately after the blast, which occurred in the early evening. Ambulances and rescue services rushed to the scene -- the fashionable Al-Raouche district of Beirut.
Bomb disposal experts took away fragments of the bomb for examination. Earlier, police and militiamen had been forced to fire their guns in the air to disperse the big crowds which gathered in the area soon after the bomb had been detonated. This car blast is only the latest in a series of similar incidents which have rocked the Lebanese capital in recent weeks. So far, no organisation has claimed responsibility.