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Explosion in Beirut kills five people

An explosion in the south of the Lebanese capital Beirut has left at least 5 people dead and scores injured.

The car bomb is thought to have targeted the Shia area of southern Beirut to stir up sectarian strife, in more evidence that neighbouring Syria’s conflict is spilling over into Lebanon.

In December a senior Hezbollah commander was shot dead in the capital. Hezbollah is fighting alongside Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria.

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