Archive for Monday, September 26, 2005

Journalist seriously wounded by car bomb

September 26, 2005

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— A bomb rigged to the car of a prominent journalist for an anti-Syrian television station exploded Sunday, severing the woman's arm and leg in the latest in a string of targeted explosions in Lebanon.

May Chidiac, a political talk show host with the private Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation, was inside her car when the bomb exploded in Ghadir, a town near the Christian port city of Jounieh, north of the capital, Lebanese security officials and the TV station said.

Late Sunday, Hotel Dieu Hospital in Beirut reported that Chidiac's left arm and leg were severed in the blast and her right leg and pelvis were broken. A hospital statement said she was suffering from various injuries and burns all over her body, adding that her vital organs were "stable" but would need careful monitoring over the next few days.

A series of bombings has occurred in the Lebanese capital since a massive bomb killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 20 other people on Feb. 14.

Lebanon has been rife with speculation of more attacks as chief U.N. investigator Detlev Mehlis prepares to issue his report into the assassination in late October.

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