UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Tuesday condemned the suicide car bombing in Lebanon's capital Beirut, which caused deaths and injuries.
A spokesperson of Ban said in a statement issued here that "the recurrent acts of terrorism and violence in Lebanon are totally unacceptable."
"The Secretary-General calls on all Lebanese parties to come together in support of their state institutions, particularly the security forces, and to strive for national unity as the best safeguard of Lebanon's security and stability in the face of terrorism," the statement said.
The UN chief also extended his condolences to the families of the victims and the government and people of Lebanon.
A suicide bombing rocked the Haret Hreik area in the southern suburbs of Beirut Tuesday, leaving five people killed and more than 50 others wounded.
An al-Qaida linked group, which identified itself as 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 more injured.