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Lebanese officials condemn car bombing in Beirut

English.news.cn   2014-01-22 01:25:52

BEIRUT, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese officials condemned a suicide car bombing that targeted Beirut's southern suburb of Haret Hreik on Tuesday, which killed four people and wounded 50 others.

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman denounced the car bombing, saying: "Violence only leads to more violence," according to a statement by his media office.

Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati urged officials to confront the ordeal, calling them to face the dangerous situation in the country together.

Caretaker Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam described the bombing as a "hideous terrorist act," calling for "fortifying the local political and security situation."

A group, calling itself al-Nusra Front in Lebanon, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Earlier this month, a suicide bombing struck the same neighborhood, which is considered the stronghold of the Shiite military party of Hezbollah, leaving five people killed and dozens injured.

Tuesday's blast is the sixth of its kind targeting Hezbollah- dominated areas since the group said in May that it sent fighters to Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad's troops.

Editor: yan
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