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Angie Nassar 21 Jan 2014

Explosion Rips Through Dahiyeh in South Beirut

An explosion ripped through Beirut’s southern suburb of Dahiyeh shortly after 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

Al-Manar TV is reporting the explosion took place on the Martyr Ahmed Qassir road. Huge plumes of smoke were seen rising from the scene. Ambulances were also seen heading in the direction of the blast.

This follows an explosion earlier this month on January 2 in the Bir el-Abed neighborhood of Dahiyeh which killed seven people. This also comes after a particularly violent week in Lebanon. On January 18, eight people were killed, including five children, in a rocket attack on the eastern Bekaa town of Arsal. A day earlier, a car bomb killed four people and injured 42 others in Hermel.

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2:04 p.m.
Jabhat al-Nusra admits on Twitter: We [attacked] Dahiyeh in [the name of] revenge.

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Al-Manar news has released CCTV video footage of the blast going off in Dahiyeh.

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In an article published in The Daily Star newspaper, Hezbollah MP Ali Ammar responded to Tuesday’s bombing and said his party vows to confront what it believes are Israeli-backed takfiri attacks on Lebanon.

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This is the fourth bombing in less than a month to hit Lebanon. Here’s a recap of recent bombings in the country.

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Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati Tweets: Words cannot describe the pain that we feel because of the painful scenes revealed by the horrible crime that happened [today].

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Firefighters are working to extinguish flames which broke out in cars and apartments adjacent to the explosion.

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