A man inside the Duroy Hotel in Beirut blew himself up during a security raid on Wednesday. It was the second bomb explosion to hit the city in two days. On Monday night, a car bomb exploded outside a cafe filled with World Cup viewers.
Other than the man who blew himself up, there were no immediate casualties reported. Black smoke was seen billowing from the hotel complex, which is located in Beirut's Rachet District, near the Mediterranean Sea.
â€” dalal mawad (@dalalmawad) June 25, 2014
According to the Associated Press, an official in the general security department said security forces were raiding the hotel when a suspect on the 4th floor detonated explosives in his hotel room.
Several people took to Twitter, where they reported that the suspect was perhaps a Saudi national.
â€” Ahmed Shihab-Eldin (@ASE) June 25, 2014
The Saudi embassy is one street away from the hotel (suicide, Beirut). Al Arabiya says the embassy's garden is almost attached to the hotel.
— Hassan Hassan حسن (@hhassan140) June 25, 2014
â€” Faisal Irshaid (@faisalirshaid) June 25, 2014