Update: Blast kills 3 in south Beirut suburbs
BEIRUT (AP) - A powerful car bomb ripped through a southern Beirut neighborhood that is a stronghold of the militant group Hezbollah on Thursday, killing at least three people and trapping others in burning buildings, the media said.
It's the second such blast in just over a month in south Beirut. Groups opposed to Syria's President Bashar Assad have threatened to retaliate against Hezbollah for intervening on behalf of his regime in the Syrian civil war.
Lebanese TV showed a raging fire and thick black smoke from the blast, which set ablaze several cars. Dozens of ambulances rushed to the scene of the explosion and fire fighters were seen trying to evacuate residents from burning buildings.
The state-run National News Agency said at least three died and 20 were wounded.