BEIRUT, Lebanon -- A time bomb packed with TNT exploded under a seat in an x-rated movie theater in Christian East Beirut today in a blast that killed two men and injured 15 others, police said.
Simultanously, heavy sniper fire broke out along the line dividing East and West Beirut, forcing the closure of the port of Beirut.
Police said the bomb exploded at 1:30 p.m. with fewer than 40 people in the Central Cinema in the Bourj Hammoud neighbor, a poor and predominantly Armenian district.
Police said the bomb contained approximately 12 pounds of TNT and went off in the rear seats of the threater, which shows x-rated movies.
It was the second explosion in a Beirut cinema in six months and was not immediately claimed by any group.
Christian militiamen immediately sealed off the Armenian-dominated Bourj Hammoud neighborhood. Ambulances sped to the scene to take the wounded to hospitals, police sources said.
Two explosions in the Christian east and Moslem west parts of Beirut on Thursday injured six people, none seriously.
The attacks coincided with the closure of West German cultural centers in Lebanon, 24 hours after Ambassador Horst Schmidt Dornedden returned to Bonn for 'consultations.'