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September 20, 1984: Hezbollah Bomber Attacks US Embassy in Beirut

Suicide Attack Is the Second on US Embassy in 17 Months

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Reagan Beirut Embassy bombing

President and Nancy Reagan, at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, review coffins of victims of the April 17, 1983 bombing of the American embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. A bomber struck the embassy again 17 months later.

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September 20, 1984: At 11:44 a.m., a suicide bomber driving a truck packed with 400 pounds of TNT speeds past a hail of guards' gunfire and explodes against the American embassy in Aukar, nine miles north of Beirut in a predominantly Christian zone of the country. The embassy had been guarded by Christian Phalangist militiamen.

Twenty-three people are killed--6 Lebanese employees, 15 Lebanese civilians and others, and two Americans. In April 1983, a suicide bomber killed 63 people at the American Embassy. And in October 1983, a truck bomber killed 241 U.S. Marines and another killed 57 French paratrooper in simultaneous attacks.

A shadowy group known as the Islamic Holy War claims responsibility. The attack is the work of Imad Mugniyah, of Hezbollah.

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