5 killed in blast in south Beirut

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's Health Ministry says an explosion in a southern suburb of Beirut that is a stronghold of the Shiite Hezbollah group has killed at least five people.

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

A Lebanese security official says the explosion appeared to be caused by a car bomb. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media.

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

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