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Bomb Kills 1 Outside Missionaries' Home In Lebanon

A bomb exploded outside the home of a Christian missionary couple in northern Lebanon, killing an Arab neighbor who attempted to dismantle it, security officials said Wednesday. Police said the bomb, estimated at around four pounds, exploded overnight outside the house of a Dutch missionary and his German wife in Qubba, a neighborhood in the predominantly Sunni Muslim port city of Tripoli. Neighbor Jamil Ahmed Rifai was killed instantly, said police in Beirut, some 50 miles south. Military officials said the victim, a Jordanian Muslim who had converted to evangelism, was at the couple’s house when they heard a noise outside. Rifai found a bag shooting out sparks, the officials said. As he tried to dismantle the fuse the bomb exploded, they said. The explosion late Tuesday shattered windows of nearby houses and damaged parked cars, military officials and police said. They all spoke on condition of anonymity. It was not immediately clear who planted the device. Police were investigating. A military official told The Associated Press the bombing did not appear to be linked to anti-Western sentiment in Lebanon but was likely related to the Christian missionaries’ activities. Full Story

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