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IS claims responsibility for deadly Beirut blasts

The so-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for two suicide bomb attacks in Beirut which have left at least 43 dead and more than 240 wounded.

In a statement posted online by its supporters, Islamic State said its members blew up a bike loaded with explosives - with a second suicide bomber waiting for crowds to gather before detonating his own device.

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'At least 37' killed in double suicide bombing in Beirut

At least 37 people have been killed in two suicide bombings in Beirut, Lebanon's interior minister has said.

Dozens of others were injured after explosions ripped through a busy area of a southern suburb in the capital city, which has been a stronghold of the country's Hezbollah Shi'a Islamist militant group.

Residents inspect the aftermath of two explosions in Beirut's southern suburb, a stronghold of Lebanese Hezbollah. Credit: Reuters/Hasan Shaaban

Local media has said the attacks happened just outside a Shi'ite centre in the Borj al-Barajneh area.

Interior minister Nouhad Machnouk also said the attackers were on foot and wore explosive vests.

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