The FBI says it has not reached a conclusion on the Beirut bombing

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Tuesday that a bomb blast near the port of Beirut on August 4 had killed at least 200 people and caused billions of dollars in damage, but no final conclusions had been’ reached.

 

The FBI says it has not reached a conclusion on the Beirut bombing

U.S. and European government agencies close to the investigation into the blast strongly believe it was an accident.

 

An FBI spokesman told Reuters by email that "no such conclusion has been reached." He cited an earlier statement from the US agency as saying it would "assist our Lebanese partners in their investigation."

 

Two U.S. government sources familiar with the official reporting and analysis of the incident said U.S. agencies were also largely convinced that the explosion involved a large amount of ammonium nitrate, which had been building a port for many years. I was safe, it was an accident.

 

A European government source familiar with intelligence reporting and analysis said European government experts also speculated that the blast was accidental.

 

According to the spokesman, "more questions should be sent to the Lebanese authorities as the central investigator."

 

Lebanese media reported on Tuesday that an FBI report on Monday's bombing had been handed over’ to a Lebanese judge. The FBI declined to comment on the reports.


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