'20 dead' in Beirut blast

At least 20 people have reportedly been killed after an explosion struck a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Beirut.

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UK: Terrorism & extremism have no place in Lebanon

Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt has condemned today's car bomb blast in the southern suburbs of Beirut, saying, "Terrorism and extremism have no place in Lebanon".

Lebanese soldiers and Hezbollah supporters stand at the site of a car bomb in Beirut. Credit: REUTERS/Hasan Shaaban

Mr Burt, the Foreign Office official in charge of Middle East policy, called for Lebanon to "investigate this urgently and bring the perpetrators to justice."

Outgoing Lebanese prime minister Najib Mikati has declared tomorrow a day of mourning for the victims of the attack.

Beirut blast witnesses did not realise what happened

Smoke billows over Lebanon's capital Beirut after a car bomb exploded in a southern suburb. Credit: REUTERS/ Mohamed Azakir

Eyewitnesses said they did not realise what had happened when a bomb ripped through a Hezbollah stronghold in a southern suburb of Beirut.

The scene after the bomb exploded at a Hezbollah stronghold. Credit: REUTERS/Mahmoud Kheir

"I don't know what happened", one man said. "It's as if we were struck by an earthquake."

Firefighters try to extinguish flames after the explosion. Credit: REUTERS/Hasan Shaaban

An unnamed woman added, "I heard a huge explosion. It threw me several metres".

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'At least 20 killed' in Beirut car bomb blast

At least 20 people have been killed after an explosion struck a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Beirut today, Reuters reported, citing a security source.

A firefighter is seen at the site of an explosion in Beirut's southern suburbs. Credit: REUTERS/Mahmoud Kheir

The army said the cause of the explosion in Lebanon's capital was a car bomb.

The blast engulfed several vehicles in flames and trapped many people in nearby buildings that were damaged in the explosion.

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