Tunisian crashes car in US embassy
A Tunisian has crashed a van into a perimeter wall of the United States embassy in Tunis, in what he said was an attempt to commit suicide.
Nabil bin Jab Allah, 39, âhad set light to a gas canister but was only slightly injuredâ when his van caught fire after slamming into the embassy wall overnight on Monday, said officials on Tuesday.
|"I just couldn't take it no more..." |
Bin Jab Allah told investigators that he âwanted to commit suicide after he failed to obtain a visa which would have allowed him to return to the United States and be with his American wifeâ.
|"Ouch! Ooch! Ow! Hot! Argh! My lap!" |
Consular staff confirmed to AFP that there had been an accident outside the embassy premises overnight, but made no further comment.
|"Maudette! I pine for you!" |
"Why wouldn't you give him a visa?"
"He's too emotional."
The perimeter wall bore no signs of the accident on Tuesday, but security had been stepped up outside the embassy.
|"Ummm... Yup. That's what happened, all right..." |
Two extra police cars and members of Tunisiaâs national guard were deployed, along with the usual security outside the embassy, which lies on the road linking Tunis to the northern suburb of La Marsa.
|Dontcha hate that, when the wall's sturdier than the car? |
|"Park here, Mahmoud, and wait for awhile. He might have relatives." |
Posted by: Fred Pruitt 2003-09-30