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Beirut explosion kills three, injures 20

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BEIRUT (AP) - Lebanon's state-run news agency says at least three people have been killed and 20 others wounded in an explosion that ripped through a stronghold of the militant Hezbollah group in a southern suburb of the capital Beirut.

Lebanese TV showed raging fires in the street in a residential and commercial neighborhood.

It was not immediately clear what caused Thursday's explosion in the Rweiss district, but last month a powerful car bomb exploded in a neighboring suburb, wounding more than 50 people.

Hezbollah's Al Manar TV said Thursday's blast occurred on a main road separating Rweiss from Beir al-Abed, the site of last month's explosion. The area is heavily Shiite and is one of Hezbollah's bastions of support.

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