Blast in Beirut neighborhood reportedly kills at least three people

Flames rise from burning vehicles at the site of an explosion Thursday in a southern suburb of Beirut.
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CAIRO -- An explosion Thursday tore through a residential neighborhood in Beirut’s southern suburbs, less than a week after a huge car bomb hit the city’s commercial center. Early reports on Thursday’s blast indicated that at least three people had been killed.

Hezbollah’s Al Manar television, which reported the deaths, showed scenes of the explosion’s aftermath, with images of milling crowds and scorched vehicles. Many supporters of the Shiite Muslim group live in the area of the blast.

The explosion came six days after a bombing in the heart of Beirut that killed seven people, including a prominent Sunni Muslim politician who was an outspoken critic of Hezbollah and the Syrian regime, with which the group is allied.

Beirut in recent months has been struck by a series of attacks linked to the war in Syria. Many have taken place in the southern slums that are considered a Hezbollah stronghold.



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