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Cat Only Casualty in French Embassy Blast

May 05, 1987|From Reuters

BEIRUT — A stray cat triggered a land mine blast inside the French Embassy compound in West Beirut on Monday, police said.

They said the explosion, in which the cat was the only casualty, was the third at the heavily guarded embassy in the last few years and the second involving a feline intruder.

Two French guards were injured last year when they accidentally triggered a mine planted in the embassy compound as part of its anti-terrorist defenses.

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