Beirut: Car bomb rips through Hezbollah stronghold, 17 dead

Beirut: At least 17 people were killed and 135 others got injured in a car bomb attack on Thursday in Hezbollah's stronghold southern suburbs of Beirut, the Lebanese Red Cross and media reported.

A booby-trapped car, filled with around 50 kg of explosives, went off in the Bir el Abd area of the Lebanon capital, Xinhua reported citing a security source.

A TV channel footage showed burning cars and plume of black smoke over the blast scene. Media reports said a number of families were still trapped inside some burning buildings in the area.

A car bomb ripped through Beirut. Reuters.

A car bomb ripped through Beirut. Reuters.

Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV said: "The remains found 10 metres away from the scene of the deadly blast might be the suicide bomber."

A group dubbed the Brigades of Aisha Umm al-Moemeneen claimed responsibility for the bombing in an online video later and threatened to launch further attacks.

On July 9, a booby-trapped car exploded at a parking lot in Bir al-Abed area in Beirut, leaving 53 people wounded and causing heavy material damage.

In May, two rockets hit Beirut's southern suburb of Shiyyah, wounding four people.


Updated Date: Aug 16, 2013 10:05 AM

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