BEIRUT, Jan 15 (Reuters) - A car bomb targeted a U.S.
diplomatic vehicle in Beirut on Wednesday, killing at least
three people, but the U.S. State Department said no Americans
were hurt in the blast.
"There were no American diplomats or American citizens in
the car at the time. There were four Beirut residents who do not
work for the embassy who were killed in the blast," said State
Department spokesman Sean McCormack.
Security sources in Beirut had put the toll at three dead
and 16 wounded, including an American passenger, in the
explosion which hit the armoured U.S. four-by-four vehicle in a
Christian neighbourhood in the north of the capital.
The blast, which the Lebanese security sources said had
targeted the U.S. diplomatic vehicle, occurred as President
George W. Bush visited Saudi Arabia as part of a week-long
Middle East tour.
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