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Suicide Bomb South of Beirut Kills 1 Near Gas Station, NNA Says

Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) -- At least one person was killed in Lebanon when a suicide bomber entered a van and blew himself up, the second blast to rock Lebanon in three days, the official National News Agency said.

The attack in the town of Shuweifat also left several people injured, NNA said. On Feb. 1, a car bombing killed at least five people in the eastern town of Hermel near the Syrian border, a stronghold of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group.

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

To contact the reporter on this story: Donna Abu-Nasr in Beirut at dabunasr@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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