BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Lebanon's official bomb expert said Saturday 16,780 bombs have killed about 4,000 people in the country's nine years of civil warfare.
The report by government expert Youssef Bitar, as quoted by the private Central News Agency, did not include bombs dropped by Israeli warplanes during campaigns against Palestinian guerrillas.
It focused on explosive charges commonly associated with terrorist attacks that have killed civilians and soldiers.
'Since 1975 and until the last day of 1983, there have been 16,780 explosive charges in Lebanon,' Bitar said.
'Their weight varied from 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) to 1,500 kilograms (3,300 pounds),' he said.
Bitar said the total number of bomb blasts that shook Lebanon since 1975 equaled the explosive power of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II.
An hour after Bitar's statement was released to the press, official Beirut radio reported a 'minor car-bomb attack' in west Beirut's Raouche district overlooking the Mediterranean sea.
No casualties were reported.