Bomb carnage in Beirut

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A man carries an injured woman away from the site of a car bomb explosion in a Shiite area and stronghold of militant group Hezbollah in the Lebanese capital Beirut.

The large blast which rocked the southern suburb of Haret Hreik yesterday killed at least five people.

The health ministry said at least 20 people were wounded in the explosion which happened during evening rush hour.

The blast appeared to be caused by a car bomb, according to security officials.

Lebanon has been hit by a wave of bombings in recent months as the civil war in Syria increasingly spills over into its smaller neighbour. The attacks have hit both Sunni and Shiite areas, further stoking sectarian tensions that are already running high because of the war next door.

Picture: AP Photo/Hussein Malla