BEIRUT, Lebanon – A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device on the fourth floor of the hotel in downtown Beirut.
There was no immediate word on casualties from the explosion that occurred inside the Duroy Hotel in the Raouche district, a well-heeled neighborhood that borders the Mediterranean Sea. Lebanese troops sealed off the area around the hotel as armed gunmen fanned out on the street.
An official in the general security department said security forces were raiding the hotel when the suspect on the 4th floor detonated explosives in his room.
Damage appeared to be confined to the third and fourth floors of the hotel. The explosion started a fire on the third floor, and thick black smoke billowed above the hotel as fire engines struggled to contain the blaze.