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Suicide car bombing near army checkpoint in Beirut

People gather at the site of an explosion at the southern suburbs of Beirut June 23, 2014.(The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: A suicide bomber blew up his vehicle outside a cafe near a Lebanese army checkpoint in Beirut late Monday wounding several people, security sources said.

The sources said a suicide bomber driving an old model Mercedes blew himself up near an Army checkpoint in Tayyouneh, at one of the main entrances into the capital's southern suburbs. According to the sources, the car was moving against traffic when it exploded thus confirming the thesis that a suicide bomber has carried out the attack.  

The suicide bomber is a suspected Syrian man, a security source said. 

The sources said several people were wounded but no casualties were recorded at the café, where many residents gathered to watch the Brazil vs. Cameroon game as part of World Cup 2014.

The Lebanese Red Cross confirmed that the explosion did not result in deaths but several customers of the Abou Assaf café sustained “light wounds.”  

As soon as the explosion was heard, dozens of people flocked to the bombing site prompting the Lebanese Army to fire shots in the air to disperse the crowds and facilitate rescue and evacuation operations.

Eyewitnesses said that the remains of a human body – of a brain namely- were found at the site of the bombing. Some of the remains landed on a balcony on the fourth floor of a nearby building, they added.  

The eyewitnesses noted that the bombing caused significant material damages and several cars were  wrecked as a result of the explosion.   

A suicide bombing at a police checkpoint on the Beirut-Damascus highway last Friday fueled fears of violent spillover from Syria and Iraq. A police officer was killed and 33 people were wounded in the bombing.

 

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