'At least 38 people injured' in Beirut car bomb blast

At least 38 people were injured when a car bomb exploded in a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Beirut, Reuters reported, citing a hospital official.

Security personnel and people gather at the site of the explosion in Beirut.
Security personnel and people gather at the site of the explosion in Beirut. Credit: REUTERS/Khalil Hassan

Lebanon's Interior Minister Marwan Charbel, who toured the site of the blast, said the attack was aimed at creating a Sunni-Shi'ite "sectarian strife", but would not succeed.

Supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah demonstrate near the blast site.
Supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah demonstrate near the blast site. Credit: REUTERS/Khalil Hassan

He said, "I am at pains to describe what I have seen. I don't know what the aim of this action is. Of course, what they are trying to do is to create a sectarian strife ... what I can assure you is that neither Sunnis or Shi'ites will be dragged into it no matter what happens".

A woman walks over shattered glass past damaged cars in the Hezbollah neighbourhood.
A woman walks over shattered glass past damaged cars in the Hezbollah neighbourhood. Credit: REUTERS/Khalil Hassan

Reports that one person had been killed in the car park where the explosion took place could not be confirmed by hospital officials, the news agency added.

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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.