KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- A firebomb was hurled at Jamaica's
parliament building early Tuesday, damaging its wooden front doors and
metal detectors, police reported.
A security guard was trapped inside by the flames and called for help from
balcony at the rear of the building, said Sgt. Maurice Channel. Firefighters
quickly extinguished the blaze, and the guard was not injured.
"The corporal was at the back of the building making spot checks when he
heard an explosion," Channel said. "He saw flames but was unsuccessful in
getting water to the flames."
No one was injured in the attack, and there was no immediate claim of
The arsonists scrawled "Lazarus -- enough" in red paint on a wall outside
building. Police said they were unsure what the message meant.
There has been little political violence in Jamaica recently. Three people
were killed violence during the December 1997 general elections.
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