Sunday 23 November 2014

Explosion in Beirut kills at least five people

Published 02/01/2014 | 16:40

Lebanese citizens hose damaged shops as they stand on burned cars at the site of an explosion in a stronghold of the Shiite Hezbollah group at the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. The explosion took place during rush hour in the Haret Hreik neighborhood, killing several people, setting cars ablaze and sending a column of black smoke above the Beirut skyline. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Lebanese citizens hose damaged shops as they stand on burned cars at the site of an explosion in a stronghold of the Shiite Hezbollah group at the southern suburb of Beirut. The explosion took place during rush hour in the Haret Hreik neighborhood, killing several people, setting cars ablaze and sending a column of black smoke above the Beirut skyline. Credit: AP Photo/Hussein Malla
A Lebanese man carries an injured woman away from the site of a car bomb explosion in a Shiite area and stronghold of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah at the southern suburb of Beirut. Credit: AP Photo/Hussein Malla
Lebanese citizens and a civil defense worker carry an injured man away from the site of an explosion in a stronghold of the Shiite Hezbollah group at the southern suburb of Beirut. Credit: AP Photo/Hussein Malla
Lebanese citizens and firefighters extinguish burned cars at the site of an explosion in a stronghold of the Shiite Hezbollah group at the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. Credit: AP Photo/Hussein Malla

An explosion in a southern suburb of Beirut that is a stronghold of the Shiite Hezbollah group has killed at least five people.

The health ministry says at least 20 people were wounded in the blast that hit the Haret Hreik district during evening rush hour.

The explosion appeared to be caused by a car bomb, according to security officials.

Lebanon has been hit by a wave of bombings in recent months as the civil war in Syria increasingly spills over into its smaller neighbour. The attacks have hit both Sunni and Shiite areas, further stoking sectarian tensions that are already running high because of the war next door.

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