Suicide Bomb Kills Five in Strike on Hezbollah’s Beirut Bastion

A suicide bomb killed at least five people in Beirut’s southern suburb, a residential neighborhood that’s also the main stronghold of Hezbollah, the latest in a string of attacks in Lebanon as sectarian violence worsens.

The dead include two women, Hezbollah’s Al Manar television reported. The attacker was likely driving a white KIA vehicle, the state-run National News Agency said.

The civil war in neighboring Syria has deepened sectarian rifts between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in Lebanon, leading to a wave of attacks against religious, civilian and political targets. Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed militant group, acknowledged last year that its fighters were supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against the mainly Sunni rebels.

“Some Lebanese should stop justifying these attacks,” Hezbollah lawmaker Ali Ammar said in televised comments from the scene of the explosion.

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