A car bomb exploded inside the French embassy compound in Beirut on the morning of 24 May 1982. It killed ten Lebanese people and two French people; it wounded 27 other people.[1][2]

1982 Beirut bombing
LocationEmbassy of France, Beirut, Lebanon
Date24 May 1982
8:10 a.m.
Attack type
Car bomb

Background edit

A series of attacks affected French interests in Lebanon during the civil war. On September 4, 1981, French Ambassador Louis Delamare was assassinated. On April 15, 1982, Guy Cavallo, encryptor at the embassy was also killed. On April 22, the attack on Rue Marbeuf in Paris took place targeting a Lebanese journalist. Two days later a rocket attack targeted AFP premises in Beirut.[3]

Attack edit

The Renault 12 of Anna Cosmidis, secretary of the embassy's economic service, exploded when the secretary entered the embassy gate on Monday, 24 May at 8:10 a.m. The bomb killed Anna Cosmidis and four other staff members, a paratrooper as well as a plumber and two ushers. The other victims were people queuing in front of the diplomatic representation. In total, the casualties were 11 dead and 27 injured.[4]

References edit

  1. ^ "BEIRUT BOMB KILLS 12 AT FRENCH EMBASSY (Published 1982)". The New York Times. 25 May 1982. Archived from the original on 2022-10-22.
  2. ^ Lucien George (1982-05-25), "L'attentat a fait onze morts", Le Monde
  3. ^ Sitbon, Guy (29 May 1982). "Beyrouth : l'ennemi sans visage". Archived from the original on 29 May 1982.
  4. ^ George, Lucien (25 May 1982). "L'attentat a fait onze morts". Le Monde.