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Aftermath of a massive explosion in Lebanese capital, Beirut
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U.S. President Donald Trump

Trump says generals feel Beirut blast was likely an 'attack'

POTUS told by generals explosion 'not some kind of a manufacturing explosion' and may have been caused by a bomb, contradicting official reports in Lebanon; Pentagon declines to comment

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Published: 08.05.20 , 08:24
U.S. President Donald Trump said U.S. military generals have told him that they "seem to feel" the massive explosion that rocked Beirut on Tuesday, killing at least 78 people, was a "terrible attack" likely caused by a bomb.
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  • Trump was asked why he called it an attack and not an accident, especially since Lebanese officials say they have not determined the cause of the explosion. He told reporters at the White House: "It would seem like it based on the explosion. I met with some of our great generals and they just seem to feel that it was. This was not a - some kind of a manufacturing explosion type of an event... They seem to think it was an attack. It was a bomb of some kind, yes."
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    U.S. President Donald Trump
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    Trump offered condolences to the victims and said the United States stood ready to assist Lebanon. "It looks like a terrible attack," he said.
    A Pentagon spokesman declined to comment on the matter Tuesday night, referring questions back to the White House.
    The explosion flattened much of a port and damaged buildings across the capital, sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. In addition to those who died, more than 4,000 other people were injured, with bodies buried in the rubble, officials said.
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    Aftermath of a massive explosion in Lebanese capital, Beirut
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    The cause of the blast was not immediately known, but initial reports suggested a fire had detonated a warehouse at the port. Abbas Ibrahim, chief of Lebanese General Security, said it might have been caused by highly explosive material that was confiscated from a ship some time ago and stored at the port. Local television channel LBC said the material was ammonium nitrate.
    Witnesses reported seeing a strange, orange cloud-like which appears when toxic nitrogen dioxide gas is released after an explosion involving nitrates.
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