Blast in Beirut Kills at Least Five

Posted: January 3, 2014 in News
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An explosion in a southern Beirut suburb that is considered a Hizballah stronghold killed at least five people on Thursday, extending a wave of deadly blasts in the Lebanese capital.

The explosion, a few hundred yards from the political offices of Hizballah, injured 20 others, the Associated Press reports. A Lebanese security official told the AP that it appeared to be a car bomb, though the cause has not been confirmed.

The city has been hit with a series of bomb attacks amid an intensifying showdown that has spilled over from Syria’s two-and-a-half-year civil war. Hizballah, a Shi‘ite militant group that has significant influence in Lebanese politics, has sent fighters to support the government of President Bashar Assad.

“This is a conversation carried out through bombs,” Benedetta Berti, co-author of Hezbollah and Hamas: A Comparative Studytold TIME last week.

Last week, a car bomb killed a former…

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