A booby-trapped car, filled with around 50 kg of explosives, went off in the Bir el Abd area of the Lebanon capital.

A TV channel footage showed burning cars and plumes of black smoke over the blast scene. Media reports said a number of families were still trapped inside some burning buildings in the area.

Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV said, "The remains found 10 meters away from the scene of the deadly blast might be the suicide bomber." A group dubbed the Brigades of Aisha Umm al-Moemeneen claimed responsibility for the bombing in an online video later and threatened to launch further attacks.

On July 9, a booby-trapped car exploded in a parking lot in Bir al-Abed area in Beirut, leaving 53 people wounded and causing heavy material damage. In May, two rockets hit Beirut's southern suburb of Shiyyah, wounding four people.

(Agencies)

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