Lebanese Journalist

Injured in Car Bombing

BEIRUT -- A bomb rigged to the car of a prominent television journalist 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 Corp., which opposes Syrian presence in the country, was in her car when the bomb exploded in the town of Ghadir, Lebanese security officials said.

Chidiac's left arm and leg were severed in the blast and her right leg and pelvis were broken, according to a statement issued by the Hotel Dieu Hospital in Beirut.

Several bombings have been carried out since a bomb killed former prime minister Rafiq Hariri and 19 others Feb. 14. Many have accused Syria and its Lebanese allies. A special U.N. investigator looking into the Hariri assassination is expected to issue his report in late October.


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-- From News Services