BEIRUT — Gunmen in a speeding car sprayed three French Embassy guards with automatic rifle fire as the soldiers were shopping in Christian East Beirut today, killing two officers and seriously wounding the third.
A police spokesman said the two gunmen, driving a red Datsun, sped away. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The Foreign Ministry in Paris condemned the "odious attack."
Christian militiamen in control of the area sealed off the attack site.
The police spokesman identified the dead as Lt. Christian Mondon and Warrant Officer Andre Courz and the wounded man as Pvt. Miguel Collignon, all French Embassy guards.
Shot With Automatic Rifles
"Mondon was killed instantly, Courz died on the way to hospital and Collignon is in serious condition," he said.
The spokesman said they were shot with 9-millimeter automatic rifles.
An eyewitness, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the three French military men were in a blue jeep.
"They parked the jeep near a vegetable stand at the Dawra boulevard and were taking to the vendor when I heard automatic fire. The three fell down, they were obviously hit," the witness said.