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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.

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'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. 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. 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. 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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