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Beirut blast 'caused by car bomb'

The deadly blast that ripped through the Haret Hreik district of southern Beirut this afternoon appeared to be caused by a car bomb, security officials said.

At least five people have been killed and 20 injured in the attack, which took place in an areas that is a stronghold of the Hezbollah group.

Lebanon has been hit by a wave of bombings in recent months as the civil war in Syria increasingly spills over the border.

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Beirut blast destroys front of several buildings

Many nearby buildings were damaged in the explosion. Credit: RTV

A powerful blast hit southern Beirut this afternoon, killing five people according to the health ministry and wounding at least 20.

The debris from the blast was strewn across the street. Credit: RTV

The blast sent a column of smoke into the sky and destroyed the front of many nearby buildings.

The city has been recently hit by a number of attacks recently, including one last week which killed a former minister.

Emergency services douse flames after Beirut blast

People gather as firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire after the blast. Credit: Reuters

A powerful explosion in Shi'ite group Hezbollah's southern Beirut stronghold killed five people on sending a column of smoke into the sky, a witness said.

Television footage showed the twisted and blackened remains of several cars being doused with hoses by emergency services.

A man holds a rifle at the site of the explosion. Credit: Reuters

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