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Suicide bomber targets southern suburb of Beirut

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-02-03

Several people were injured on Monday when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt inside a public minibus in a suburb south of Beirut, the interior minister said.

"A man wearing an explosive belt boarded a public minibus in Choueifat and blew himself up," Marwan Charbel told Lebanon's Mayadeen television channel.

At least two people were injured in the blast, Red Cross and government officials said. State media reported that six people were wounded in the incident.

"The bomber was killed, and two others were injured – a man, who is in critical condition, and a woman with moderate injuries," Red Cross communications director Ayad Monzer told AFP.

Choueifat lies south of Beirut, not far from the suburbs of the city, which have been targeted in multiple bomb attacks in recent months.

It is home to a mixed Christian and Druze Muslim population.

Footage from the scene broadcast on Lebanese television showed the mangled remains of a vehicle surrounded by shards of glass and other material in the middle of the road.

The blast comes after at least four people were killed in a suicide bombing on Saturday in the eastern town of Hermel, where the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah has widespread report.

Lebanon has been hit by a string of bomb attacks in recent months, many targeting areas sympathetic to Hezbollah which has dispatched fighters to battle alongside the Syrian regime against an uprising.

Jihadist groups believed to be linked to those fighting in Syria have claimed responsibility for most of the attacks, saying they will continue for as long as Hezbollah fights in Syria.

But while the blasts have apparently targeted the group, the victims of the attacks have been almost exclusively civilians.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

 

Date created : 2014-02-03

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