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Sunni Islamist group claims responsibility for Beirut bomb attack

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Sunni Islamist group claims responsibility for Beirut bomb attack

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At least 20 people are reported dead after a deadly car bomb attack in the Lebanese capital Beirut.

The blast happened in a southern stronghold of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group.

Cars were engulfed in flames and buildings were badly damaged. Emergency services raced to rescue those trapped in the debris.

A Sunni Islamist group – calling itself the ‘Brigades of Aisha’ – claimed responsibility for the attack, and threatened further action.

The blast, the latest in a spate of violence, comes amid sectarian tensions over the intervention of Shiite Muslim Hezbollah against Sunni rebels in the conflict in Syria.

Hezbollah is said to have been on high alert after warnings from the rebels of possible retaliation.