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Lebanese leftist leader escape assassination try

Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt escaped an apparent assassination attempt when a car bomb blew up near him in west Beirut, killing four people and injuring 15 others.

Mr. Jumblatt, thrust into prominence after his father's assassination in 1977 , is one of Lebanon's most prominent leftist leaders and a chieftain of its Druze Muslim community, which has lately been involved in a series of bloody clashes with Christian militiamen south of Beirut.

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The explosion was believed the largest in west Beirut since the Lebanese Army took control of the city after the withdrawal of Israeli forces at the end of September.

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