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Fire and smoke is seen at the site of the explosion in Beirut's southern suburbs

Fire and smoke is seen at the site of an explosion in Beirut's southern suburbs January 2, 2014. The powerful explosion struck southern Beirut on Thursday, a stronghold of the Shi'ite group Hezbollah, killing at least two people and sending a column of smoke into the sky, a witness said. REUTERS/Jamal Sahili (LEBANON - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Explosion in southern Beirut

A powerful explosion in Shi'ite group Hezbollah's southern Beirut stronghold killed three people on Thursday and sent a column of smoke into the sky, a witness said.

Television footage showed the twisted and blackened remains of several cars being doused with hoses by emergency services. The blast also tore off the facades of several nearby buildings. (Reuters)

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