Jan. 21 - A suicide bomber kills four people in a Beirut suburb known for its support of Hezbollah. Rough Cut (No reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A suicide bomber killed four people on Tuesday (January 21) in a residential neighbourhood of southern Beirut known for its support of Shi'ite military and political group Hezbollah, security sources said. At least 20 more were wounded. A Reuters reporter said she saw the remains of what appeared to be the suicide attacker at the site of the blast as emergency workers transported wounded people from the area, where a similar bombing occurred earlier this month. Images broadcast on Hezbollah's Al Manar channel showed flames erupting from a building and a thick plume of smoke billowing over a street near the charred remains of cars as a crowd gathered at the site of the blast. It was not immediately clear what the blast had targeted. The explosion went off on a busy street of small shops and restaurants in the Haret Hreik area of Beirut's largely Shi'ite southern suburbs. Tensions from the nearly three-year conflict in Syria have increasingly infected neighbouring Lebanon, which is still struggling to recover from its own 1975-1990 civil war and has been without a fully functioning government since March. Hezbollah has sent fighters and advisers across the border to help its ally President Bashar al-Assad, a member of the Shi'ite-derived Alawite minority, in his fight against mainly Sunni rebels.