At least four people are dead and several others wounded in an explosion targeting a U.S. Embassy vehicle in Beirut, Lebanon today, according to Lebanon's state-run news agency.
Initial reports from the Associated Press: "The blast was heard across the Lebanese capital, and gray smoke could be seen billowing near the Mediterranean coast. Television footage shows several damaged cars, including an SUV with tinted windows, similar to those used by U.S. diplomats. Plainclothes security agents could be seen removing an automatic rifle from the SUV."
News of the bombing reminds people in Eastern Carolina of the explosions in the early 1980s targeting the U.S. embassy and the U.S. Marine Barracks in Beirut. Hundreds died in those bombings.
Many of the 241 troops who died in the Beirut barracks explosion in October 1983 were marines and sailors from Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville.
There is a memorial in Jacksonville to honor their sacrifice. Tonight on WITN News at 6 p.m., Audrey Washington will take us there for local reaction to today's bombing.