Security forces in Lebanon have arrested three people in connection with a car bomb attack aimed at Lebanese Prime Minister Shafik Al Wazzan.
GV AND SVs Police personnel going through wreckage of car (2 shots)
TOP VIEW Unexploded land mines being examined by experts on pavement
SVs Wreckage of car being inspected, showing damaged interior (2 shots)
GV PAN FROM Ambulance TO Mine being defused (3 shots)
TOP VIEW Fire engine with siren blaring
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Background: Security forces in Lebanon have arrested three people in connection with a car bomb attack aimed at Lebanese Prime Minister Shafik Al Wazzan. An announcement, was made by Military Prosecutor Assad Germanos in a live statement broadcast on July 7 by the state-run Beirut Radio. The prime minister's limousine and armed convoy had driven down the tree-lined avenue leading to his Beirut office at 8.23 am (06.24 GMT), less than one minute before a white estate car parked by the roadside blew up in a huge explosion. There were no casualties. Lebanese police and troops who rushed to the scene found a suitcase containing 11 unexploded landmines in the wrecked car. The mines, each containing 5 kilos of explosive, were of French, Yugoslav and Soviet origin, experts said. Another charge of the same weight had already gone off in the car. Experts examining the wreckage said the bomb seemed to have been detonated by remote control. Most bomb attacks in West Beirut occur at night. This daylight attack was said to be the first serious attempt on the life of Prime Minister Al-Wazzan, who has been in office for almost three years.