A time bomb hidden in a vegetable box exploded just as a crowded bus was passing in Beirut yesterday and killed four people.
A time bomb hidden in a vegetable box exploded just as a crowded bus was passing in Beirut yesterday and killed four people. Five others were injured. It was one of the nastiest incidents since the recent Lebanon troubles began. Parts of the blown up bodies were scattered about Cannon Square, where the incident took place. Police and government troops afterwards dealt brusquely with passers-by, searching everyone with parcels and cases and even stopping a man carrying a small package in the palm of his hand, as our film shows.
Victims of the incident were innocent passers-by. One injured person had to have a leg amputated. The bus was damaged and its windows shattered.
Shortly afterwards, dynamite exploded outside a shop, but here no one was injured. This flare-up in Beirut comes after a few days of comparative calm. The sound of exploding bombs echoes around the city perhaps 10 or a dozen times a day.
Meanwhile, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Dag Hammerskjold has arrived in Cairo for talks with President Nasser. It is generally supposed that he will be appealing for a let-up in the anti-Lebanon propaganda over Cairo Radio and for a halt to the alleged anti-government rebels who are said to be infiltrating over the Syrian border.