Lebanese, US security officials meet over embassy car bomb
( dpa )- Lebanese and US security officials met Wednesday with Lebanon's General Prosecutor Said Mirza , a day after a bomb blast ripped through a US embassy car killing three people and wounding 20 others, Lebanese judicial sources said.
The meeting was chaired by Mirza at the Lebanese Justice Palace, in the presence of Lebanese military prosecutor Jean Fahd and Lebanese security officers as well as security officials from the FBI and the US embassy in Beirut, the sources said.
The meeting focused "on close coordination between the American and Lebanese officers at the site of the blast to help the investigation," the sources said.
On Tuesday, the US embassy in Beirut requested through an official letter to Mirza to be allowed access to the site of the explosion and to coordinate with the Lebanese security officers conducting the investigation.
Security was meanwhile stepped up in Lebanon Wednesday, with dozens of Lebanese army and internal security forces setting up street checkpoints, searching cars and questioning citizens.
Earlier, the embassy restricted the movement of its staff following the bomb attack, and urged US nationals to be vigilant. Two Lebanese and a Syrian were killed in the blast in northern Beirut, the first attack on US diplomats in more than two decades. The armour -plated car's Lebanese driver and a US teacher were among the wounded.
"The windows blew in and I fell down. I was knocked out," the locally-based teacher, named as Matthew Clason from Minnesota, was quoted as saying.
On October 23, 1983, two truck bombs struck separate buildings in Beirut housing US and French members of a multinational force in Lebanon, killing over 200 servicemen, most of them US Marines.