Car Bomb Kills at Least 22 in Beirut

World | August 16, 2013, Friday // 13:20|  views

People are evacuated from a building at the site of a car bomb blast in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, on Aug. 15. Photo by EPA

At least 22 people were killed and hundreds injured when a car bomb rocked a southern suburb of Lebanon's capital Beirut, authorities said Friday.

The bomb went off on Thursday in an area known as a stronghold of the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah, the Lebanese Army said.

At least 228 others were injured, according to the Lebanese Internal Security Forces.

"Army units arrived immediately at the scene, enforcing a security zone within the area of explosion while military experts initiated investigations under the concerned judiciary's surveillance," the army said, as cited by CNN.

After the blast, a YouTube video surfaced in which three masked men holding weapons claimed they are part of a group responsible for the attack.

They stood before a large Arabic sign containing the Islamic creed, "There is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is the messenger of Allah."

The group, which calls itself "The brigade of Aisha, Mother of Believers," accused Hezbollah of being aggressors, according to CNN.

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