Suicide Attacks Kills 41, in Beirut

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Beirut: At least 41 people were killed and 40 wounded in two suicide explosions in a busy area in Beirut’s southern suburb, a stronghold of Lebanese Hezbollah, on Thursday, a medical official said.

“A suicide bomber blew himself up near a small snack bar on the main street of Burj el-Barajneh and after seven minutes, another bomber blew himself up near the main mosque of the region,” a security source told.

The security forces have reached the areas and the civil defence teams are evacuating the injured to nearby hospitals, the source added.

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The southern suburbs of Beirut are considered the stronghold of Hezbollah, which is fighting in Syria alongside the forces of President Bashar al-Assad against Islamic fundamentalists.