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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 five 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.

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