Former Lebanese President Camille Chamoun survived an assassination attempt in Beirut on Wednesday (12 March), and afterwards said he thought an Arab state was behind the abortive attempt on his life.
GV Street scene in Beirut (2 shots)
GV Shops (2 shots)
GV Three men outside closed store, checking locks
SV Former Lebanese President Camille Chamoun speaking in English to reporters
TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 4): CHAMOUN: "Well, I don't know really. I don't know. All I know is that these are a group of criminals. (Indistinct) And I hope very much to see the end of these criminals. Now, I don't think that they are Lebanese. or they might be Lebanese, but paid by foreigners. Who are those foreigners? I don't want to say anything at this stage."
In Christian East Beirut, several shops closed down in protest against the assassination attempt. Assassins had previously attacked Mr. Chamoun in May 1978, when he was shot in the jaw and arm. Mr. Chamoun was Lebanon's president from 1952 to 1958. Palestinian commando leader, Yasser Arafat, sent Mr. Chamoun red roses and a message expressing his relief at his escape.
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Background: Former Lebanese President Camille Chamoun survived an assassination attempt in Beirut on Wednesday (12 March), and afterwards said he thought an Arab state was behind the abortive attempt on his life. Mr. Chamoun, aged 79, is the leader of the right-wing National Liberal Party (NLP). He escaped almost unscathed when a car containing a twenty kilogramme (44 pound) bomb exploded beside his car.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Chamoun's bodyguard was killed, and two other people were wounded in this the second attack in three weeks against a prominent Rightist leader. Mr. Chamoun talked to reporters at his home in the Ashrafiyeh district of Beirut, and was asked who he thought was responsible.