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Lahoud condemns blast at Dora McDonald’s

President Emile Lahoud condemned the blast that occurred Saturday at the Dora branch of McDonald’s, calling on the authorities to intensify the investigations to identify and arrest the people responsible for it. “This act serves Israel,” Lahoud said in a statement issued Sunday, adding that McDonald’s was a Lebanese enterprise and attacking it harmed the country’s interests. Lahoud also said that the country would forbid any party to take advantage of the war in Iraq to destabilize the situation here. Five people were lightly wounded when three sticks of dynamite hidden in the restaurant’s rest-rooms exploded, the latest blast in a series of attacks on fast-food outlets associated with the United States. The explosion took place on a Saturday afternoon and injured Antony Hayek, Fadi Gerges, Bernard Azzam, Darine Baaklini and Tunisian national Mouhiz Bin Rajab, security sources said. Full Story

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