'At least 18 people injured' in Beirut car bomb blast

At least 18 people were injured when a car bomb detonated in a southern Beirut Hezbollah stronghold this morning, security sources told Reuters.

Civil Defence members, security personnel and civilians gather at the explosion site.
Civil Defence members, security personnel and civilians gather at the explosion site. Credit: REUTERS/Issam Kobeisi

The sources were unable to confirm initial reports from medics at the scene that "several people" were killed in the blast.

Firefighters and Civil Defence members extinguish the fire in a Hezbollah stronghold.
Firefighters and Civil Defence members extinguish the fire in a Hezbollah stronghold. Credit: REUTERS/Issam Kobeisi

The area of the blast, which damaged cars and buildings, has now been cordoned off.

Locals gather round the blast site in the area of Bir el Abed.
Locals gather round the blast site in the area of Bir el Abed. Credit: REUTERS/Issam Kobeisi

Fires raged from dozens of cars which were set ablaze in the car park where the vehicle rigged with explosives was left.

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Beirut car bomb blast

Several people have injured after a car bomb exploded in an area of southern Beirut controlled by the Shi'ite group Hezbollah this morning, Reuters reported.