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Cape Town Waterfront Bomb Injures 2

January 1, 1999

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) _ A car bomb exploded Friday in a parking lot of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, one of South Africa’s major tourist attractions. Two passers-by were slightly injured.

It was the second bomb attack at the waterfront _ where restaurants, bars, shops, hotels and an aquarium are located _ in less than five months.

Police sealed off the outdoor parking lot, about 100 yards from a shopping mall at the waterfront, while search dogs sniffed other cars to make sure there were no other explosives in the area.

The Toyota Corolla that apparently contained the bomb was destroyed in the blast, which also heavily damaged several nearby cars. Smoke was still rising from the site an hour after the blast and shards of debris were scattered on the pavement.

Thousands of people were at the waterfront’s bars and restaurants when the bomb went off at 6:55 p.m.

``We have been very, very lucky that this was not more serious,″ said police Capt. Jacques Wiese.

Two men, both South Africans, were slightly hurt in the explosion, police said.

Police Capt. Anine de Beer said a woman who was taking video footage at the time captured the explosion on videotape and police were hopeful it would aid in their investigation, the South African Press Association reported.

On Aug. 25, a bomb exploded inside a Planet Hollywood restaurant at the waterfront, killing two people and injuring 26 others.

There have been no arrests in that attack. A caller to a radio station claimed responsibility for it on behalf of a Muslim group, but the group later disavowed any part in it.

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