'Sectarian Conflict Bomb' Rattles Hezbollah Stronghold in Beirut

Beirut blast: Five dead as powerful explosion in Lebanon hits Hezbollah ‘stronghold’

The bombs are seen as a result of the spilling over of sectarian conflict from neighbouring Syria.

beirut-explosion-lebanon.jpgv2Lebanon’s health ministry confirmed the death toll as security officials said a car bomb appeared to have been used

A powerful explosion has killed at least five people and wounded at least twenty in the Lebanese capital Beirut.
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Initial reports suggested a car bomb had been detonated during rush hour in the southern Haret Hreik suburb, described as a “stronghold” for the Shiite Hezbollah group.

Images broadcast on Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV channel showed a huge column of smoke rising from the site of the blast, and several cars still on fire.

A spokesperson for Lebanon’s health ministry confirmed the death toll, and a security official said the attack appeared to have involved a car bomb.

The front of at least one building was completely blown off in the explosion, and several surrounding structures were damaged.

The Lebanese capital has suffered a number of bombings in recent months, including one last week which killed Mohamad Chatah, formerly Lebanon’s finance minister and ambassador to the US.

The bombs are seen as a result of the spilling over of sectarian conflict from neighbouring Syria.A firefighter extinguishes a fire on a car at the site of the explosion