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At least four killed in latest bombing to hit Beirut

At least four people have been killed and many others injured after a bomb went off in one of Beirut’s southern suburbs. The district is a stronghold of the Shiite militant group Hezbollah.

Lebanese media reported that Tuesday's explosion, which occurred on a busy street in the Haret Hreik district of Beirut, had been caused by a car bomb, possibly a suicide bomber.

Police and medical sources said at least four people had been killed and dozens of others wounded in the blast, although some reports put the death toll as high as four.

Television footage showed rescue workers and onlookers gathered around the wreckage of the vehicle.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing.

Heightened tensions

This was just the latest in a series of such attacks since the

Shiite militant group Hezbollah

announced last spring that it had sent fighters to neighboring Syria to fight alongside forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and against mainly Sunni Muslim rebels.

That announcement stoked already heightened tensions between Lebanon's Shiite and Sunni communities.

Tuesday's attack occurred within 100 meters (328 feet) from the site of a similar explosion earlier this month that killed six people and injured more than 70 others.

Other previous attacks have targeted mainly Sunni areas, including a

car bombing in Beirut last month, which claimed the life of a prominent Sunni politician, Mohammed Chatah.

pfd/slk (AP, AFP, Reuters, dpa)

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