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Several killed as car bomb hits crowded Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut

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Several killed as car bomb hits crowded Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut
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There has been a powerful explosion in southern Beirut in an area that is a stronghold of Hezbollah.

At least four people are said to have been killed, with some reports speaking of sixty injured – though many of those are said to be slightly hurt.

Pictures broadcast on Lebanese TV showed the aftermath of what is thought to have been a car bomb.

It went off in the district of Haret Hareik, reportedly not far from a headquarters of the Shi’ite group.

The Lebanese capital has been hit by a series of bombs in recent months, much of it linked to the war in neighbouring Syria.

Last Friday a former finance minister died in a car bomb that also killed four other people. Mohamad Chatah was a strong critic of Hezbollah.

The Syrian conflict has polarised opinion in Lebanon, increasing sectarian tensions.

Hezbollah has sent fighters to join the forces of President Bashar al-Assad, who is from the Alawite offshoot of Shi’ite Islam.

Sunni Muslims have gone to Syria to fight for rebels trying to topple his government.