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Hezbollah: none of Shiite politicians injured or killed by bomb blast in Beirut

January 02, 2014, 22:47 UTC+3 BEIRUT
According to preliminary reports, five persons were killed and at least 20 injured when a bomb hidden in a car went off in the Hezbollah stronghold in southern Beirut
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BEIRUT, January 02, 22:24 /ITAR-TASS/. None of the Shiite politicians was injured or killed by a bomb blast in southern Beirut on Thursday, January 2, Hezbollah said.

According to preliminary reports, five persons were killed and at least 20 injured when a bomb hidden in a car went off in the densely-populated Haret Hreik quarter, the Hezbollah stronghold in southern Beirut. The terrorist attack carried out by a suicide bomber during the rush hour when the nearby road was full of cars.

The terrorist attack took place two days after the arrest of Majid bin Muhammad al-Majid, the head of the Al Qaeda-related Sunni extremist group Abdullah Azzam Brigades. He had been traced by the military intelligence services and seized in the Beqaa Valley on his way back from Syria.

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades are responsible for the terrorist act near the Iranian Embassy on October 19, 2013, which killed 23 people and injured 146.

Al-Majid, a national of Saudi Arabia, is on the list of 85 terrorists wanted by its authorities, U.S., Arab and Western security services.

Hezbollah is a Shiite Islamic militant group and political party based in Lebanon.

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