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Explosions Damages Libyan Airlines, Car

April 26, 1985

GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) _ An explosion heavily damaged a Libyan Airlines office and another blast tore through a car driven by a Syrian diplomat today. Four people were slightly injured in the second blast, police said.

The first explosion, which caused considerable damage but no injuries, went off at 4:50 a.m. outside the Geneva office of Libyan Airlines, said Geneva police spokesman Jean-Claude Ducrot. The explosion shattered windows in a 100- yard area.

At 8:30 a.m., an explosion and ensuing fire destroyed a car belonging to the Syrian mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Ducrot said. The car with two occupants was traveling on a main street along Lake Leman when the charge, mounted on the vehicle, went off.

A woman answering the phone at the Syrian mission who refused to give her name said the two in the car were Ahmed Saker, the Syrian charge d’affaires, and his wife.

The woman said Saker, the driver, was uninjured. She said his wife, who suffered from shock, was taken to a hospital and released after a short check- up.

Ducrot said it was unclear how the couple had escaped almost unscathed from the blast, which ripped off the car’s hood and shattered the windshield. He said the driver apparently stopped the car after the explosion and both occupants jumped out before it caught fire.

He said the cause of the explosion had not been determined.

A motorcyclist close by, a pedestrian and a road worker were slightly injured, Ducrot said.

He said no estimate on the amount of damage was yet available and no one had claimed responsibility for either attack.

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