Blast kills 2 in southern Beirut, Al Qaeda-linked terror group claims responsibility

Bomb blasts in Lebanon have become common due to the war in Syria, killing and wounding scores of people.

Beirut | Updated: February 19, 2014 2:49 pm
Blast in Shiite area of beirut claimed two lives. (AP) Blast in Shiite area of beirut claimed two lives. (AP)

A blast in a Shiite district in southern Beirut killed at least two people on Wednesday, security officials said — the latest apparent attack linked to the civil war in neighbouring Syria.

An Associated Press photographer in the area said he heard two explosions near the Kuwaiti Embassy and Iran’s cultural center. Fire engines and ambulances rushed to the area and were seen evacuating some of the wounded in stretchers. Soldiers also deployed and cordoned the area.

Officials said another six people were wounded. They spoke anonymously as they were not authorised to talk to the press. A wave of bombings linked to the war in neighbouring Syria has struck Lebanon over the past few months, killing and wounding scores of people. Many have hit Shiite areas.

One of the deadliest attacks occurred in November, when two suicide attackers blew themselves outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut, killing 23 people and wounded dozens.

Wednesday’s explosion in the Beir Hassan area was few hundred meters (yards) from the Iranian embassy. Iran is a major backer of Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shiite militia. Both are allies with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Syrian rebels have vowed to strike against Hezbollah strongholds in Lebanon in retaliation for its participation in the war.

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