Briefs

Posted: February 27, 1993

EGYPT

BOMB KILLS 2 IN COFFEE SHOP

A bomb planted in a packed coffee shop in the heart of Cairo exploded last night, killing a Swede and a Turk and injuring 18 other people, including two Americans and a Canadian, police said. Security sources said Moslem extremists were suspected. There was no immediate word on their identities.

The Wadi el-Nil coffee shop is on bustling Tahrir Square, frequented by thousands of tourists daily. The Egyptian Museum, Cairo's biggest subway station, the Nile Hilton Hotel and the Arab League headquarters are at the square.

LEBANON

AMBUSH BRINGS ISRAELI ATTACK

Israeli Cobra helicopters fired three rockets into the village of Arab Saleem in south Lebanon yesterday to retaliate for a Shiite Moslem guerrilla ambush that wounded at least two Israeli-backed South Lebanon Army militiamen, police and Israel's army said. The village is a traditional stronghold of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, or Party of God, said a police spokesman. Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the attack. There were no casualties.

ENGLAND

BOMBS DESTROY GAS TANKS

IRA bombs devastated two huge gas tanks in Warrington, a small town about 200 miles northwest of London yesterday, hours after a police officer was shot and wounded in a confrontation with three men with Irish accents.

The Irish Republican Army said in a statement last night that two of its ''active service units" carried out the "coordinated bombing blitz." British Gas said about 100 people were evacuated from homes near the gas tanks. No one was reported hurt. Amateur video pictures showed a fireball rising 100 feet or more from a ruptured tank.

PHILIPPINES

FILIPINOS OFFERED PHONE CONDOMS

An AIDS-fighting program is offering to deliver condoms to Filipinos who can't bring themselves to buy them over the counter, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported today. The paper said Trust Express would begin accepting orders by phone Monday, initially only from within the financial district of Makati. Callers can get a minimum order of 12 condoms for 80 cents.

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