BEIRUT, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- A suicide bombing rocked Beirut's southern suburbs Tuesday, killing five people and injuring 35 others.
According to the state-run National News Agency (NNA), five people including two women were killed and 35 wounded when a suicide bomber in silver Kia Sportage with the license plate G347527 blew himself up.
Firefighters rushed to the district to douse a fire that engulfed several cars and gutted the facade of a residential building in the busy al-Arid commercial street.
Ambulances also carried the wounded to hospitals in the region. The authorities have not yet confirmed whether the blast was caused by a car bomb or a suicide bomber as in previous attacks.
An eyewitness also told Hezbollah's al-Manar TV that the person inside the vehicle, who was driving recklessly, blew himself up even before parking the car.
Tuesday's bombing was the fifth attack to hit the Hezbollah bastion since the group announced its intervention in Syria last year.
The attacks are apparently in retaliation for the group's fighting in Syria on the side of President Bashar Assad's troops.
Military prosecutor judge Saqr Saqr tasked military police to investigate the blast.
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