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Car bomb kills five in Hezbollah Beirut bastion: Ministry

Published on Jan 2, 2014 11:28 PM
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People gather at the site of an explosion in Beirut's southern suburbs, Jan 2, 2014. A large car bomb killed five people and wounded at least 20 in a Hezbollah bastion in south Beirut on Thursday, a health ministry source told AFP. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIRUT (AFP) - A large car bomb killed five people and wounded at least 20 in a Hezbollah bastion in south Beirut on Thursday, a health ministry source told AFP.

"According to an initial toll, five people have been killed and more than 20 injured," the source said on condition of anonymity.

Hezbollah's Al-Manar television said: "The terrorist explosion targeted a densely populated residential area, just 150 to 200 metres away from Hezbollah's political bureau." The official National News Agency reported that the explosion was caused by an explosives-packed four-wheel-drive vehicle in the Haret Hreik neighbourhood.

The district is a symbolic one for Hezbollah, which once based many of its leadership institutions in the area.

 
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