Small bombs explode near U.S. restaurants in Lebanon; No injuries
Small bombs detonated outside three U.S. fast-food restaurants early Tuesday, causing damage but no casualties, police said.
The bombs blew out windows at the Pizza Hut and Winners restaurants just outside Jounieh, a coastal town about 20 kilometers north of Beirut, and at the Pizza Hut in the northern city of Tripoli, police officers said.
Witnesses said the blast, which happened at about 0300 GMT in Tripoli, destroyed the building's facade, shattered glass and left tables scattered in the car park.
Near Jounieh, about 0.5 kilograms of TNT went off outside the Pizza Hut at the same hour. Thirty minutes later, another bomb of the same size exploded at Winners, less than one kilometer away on the main north-south coastal highway.
The three restaurants were closed at the time.
There have been a string of low-level attacks on American fast-food restaurants in Lebanon in recent months. In the earlier attacks, Lebanese police investigated a possible connection between the bombings and a campaign to boycott U.S. products in retaliation for Washington's support for Israel. (Albawaba.com)
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