An explosion ripped through a U.S. Embassy vehicle Tuesday as it traveled along a coastal highway north of Beirut, killing four Lebanese civilian bystanders, a U.S. State Department spokesman told CNN.My guess is that Fatah al Islam or Hizbullah was behind the attack.
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the driver of the vehicle was slightly injured and the only passenger -- a foreign service national -- was not hurt.
McCormack could not confirm that the vehicle was the target of the blast, or if it tripped a roadside bomb intended for a different target.
A Western diplomatic source said an American, an Iraqi and three Lebanese were among those wounded in the blast, which happened around 4:45 p.m. (9:45 a.m. ET).
Lebanese media reported about 20 people were injured in the blast, which appears to be the latest in a series of attacks against pro-Western, anti-Syrian targets in the Lebanese capital.
Most recently, an explosion in Beirut's Christian suburb of Baabda killed Brig. Gen. Francois Al-Hajj, the head of operations for the Lebanese army, and his bodyguard on December 12.