The Lebanese government has allocated 150,000 Lebanese pounds (about GBP20,000 sterling) to tighten post office security after the recent series of 'letter-bomb' attacks in Beirut, the country's capital.
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Background: The Lebanese government has allocated 150,000 Lebanese pounds (about GBP20,000 sterling) to tighten post office security after the recent series of 'letter-bomb' attacks in Beirut, the country's capital. One of the bombs, contained in an envelops, injured the new spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Mr. Bassam Abu Sharif, on Tuesday (July 25). Mr. Sharif took over the post and the editorship of the movement's newspaper after the previous spokesman, Mr. Chassan Manafani, was killed earlier in July by a bomb planted in his car.
Another letter-bomb injured a senior official of the 'Rifbank' -- an organisation associated with Kuwaiti, British and West German interests. The director of the Palestine Research Centre -- a department of the Palestine Liberation Organisation to which most commando groups belong -- was also injured when he received a letter-bomb at his office. The envelope had been sent through the central post office in Beirut, and allegedly stamped by the Algerian Embassy there. An embassy spokesman denied that it had sent the parcel.