BEIRUT - A car bomb exploded Thursday afternoon in Beirut's Dahiyeh suburbs, leaving at least four people dead and over 70 injured.
Lebanon’s army said in a statement that the car bomb detonated at approximately 4:10 p.m. in Haret al-Harayk’s Areed Street.
The army said later that the explosion was caused by a 20-kilogram bomb placed within a green 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV with the license plate number 341580/J.
The explosion caused massive material damage in the area, especially to the building that houses the Al-Jawwad Restaurant, Lebanon’s state National News Agency reported.
Lebanon's Caretaker Health Minister, Ali Hassan Khalil, said that four people had been killed in the explosion and 77 admitted to hospitals with injures, 67 of whom have been discharged after receiving treatment.
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[21:42] Sami al-Houjeiri, who at one time owned the SUV used in Thursday’s explosion, has turned himself in to authorities and is in possession of documentation proving he had sold the car, the National News Agency reported.
[21:11] One person was killed and several others injured in sporadic fighting that hit the strife-stricken northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Thursday afternoon following the car bombing that rocked the Beirut suburb of Haret al-Harayk.
[20:52] Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Naim Qassem warned Thursday following the deadly car bombing that rocked the southern Beirut suburbs of Dahiyeh that Lebanon was on the path to destruction.
[20:50] Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri said on Thursday that the bombing that took place in southern Dahiyeh’s Haret al-Harayk comes within the context of a “conspiracy against Lebanon.”
[20:26] Body parts have been found inside the detonated Grand Cherokee SUV that carried 20 kilograms of explosives, the National News Agency reported.
However, the report added that it is unknown if a suicide bomber was the one to commit the bombing.
[20:24] UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Thursday denounced the car bombing that left at least four people in Beirut’s Dahiyeh earlier in the day.
[20:22] Al-Jazeera cited a security source as saying the Dahiyeh explosion was perpetrated by a suicide bomber.
[20:14] Hezbollah's Al-Manar reported that the explosive-laden car used in Thursday’s attack was purchased from Sami al-Houjairi by Rakan Amoun, who is part of the Omar al-Atrash group.
Lebanon’s Defense Ministry in August accused the Omar al-Atrash Group of carrying out the July bombing in Dahiyeh as well as rocket attacks in the country.
The National News Agency reported in October that Omar al-Atrash was killed on Friday evening in an armed ambush near the Lebanese-Syrian border in the town of Naamat.
In December, Lebanon’s military judiciary indicted thirteen men, including Mohammad Atrash who is from Arsal, for sending explosive-rigged cars to Lebanon.
[19:52] LBC television cited sources as saying that Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr tasked forensic experts to collect samples from body parts for DNA tests, adding that suicide bombing has not been ruled out as the method of Thursday’s bombing.
[19:33] Lebanon's Caretaker Health Minister, Ali Hassan Khalil, said that four people had been killed in the explosion and 77 admitted to hospitals with injures, 67 of whom have been discharged after receiving treatment.
[19:31] The Lebanese army said in a statement that the explosion was caused by a 20-kilogram bomb placed within a green 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV with the license plate number 341580/J.
“Investigations are ongoing to find out the method of detonation,” the army added in its statement.
[19:20] Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and his rival Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun on Thursday both condemned the blast that rocked Beirut’s Haret al-Harayk.
[19:09] President Michel Suleiman on Thursday said that the perpetrators of Thursday’s deadly bombing in southern Beirut were the same party behind other terrorist attacks in the country.
[19:06] The National News Agency reported that the death toll of Thursday's car bombing has risen to 6 people, while 75 others were injured.
[19:04] Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam denounced the terrorist bombing in Haret al-Harayk on Thursday and called for the country's citizens to committ to national unity.
[18:56] Al-Manar reported the Dahiyeh blast was likely the result of a suicide bombing.
[18:50] Speaker Nabih Berri said the perpetrators of Mohammad Chatah's December 27 assassination are behind the Dahiyeh blast.
[18:47] Future Movement leader MP Saad al-Hariri condemned the explosion that ripped through the Haret al-Harayk area of the southern Beirut suburbs of Dahiyeh on Thursday.
[18:33] Hezbollah MP Bilal Farhat said that a suicide bomber emerged from his car to blow himself up during Thursday’s explosion, the National News Agency reported.
[18:31] Progressive Socialist Party MP Walid Jumblatt condemned on Thursday the bombing that rocked Beirut’s southern Dahiyeh suburb and reiterated his stance in support of a national-unity government.
[18:29] Damage at Thursday's car bombing site in Dahiyeh:
[18:22] Security experts are inspecting a green Grand Cherokee SUV with the license plate “341580/J” at the bomb site in Harat al-Harayk as well as a Honda car engine with dispersed parts, the National News Agency reported.
The experts are also working on pulling out its serial number to discover the identity of the owner’s car.
In the meantime, investigations are underway to determine which car held the bomb.
[18:21] Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati condemned the car bomb blast that rocked Beirut’s southern Dahiyeh on Thursday.
[18:04] Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt said in an interview with Al-Jazeera that a government must be formed that tries to withdraw Lebanese fighters from Syria.
[18:03] The US Embassy in Lebanon on Thursday condemned the car bombing that struck Dahiyeh.
[18:01] Hezbollah’s Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc said the Dahiyeh explosion targeted Lebanon and its security and national unity.
[17:50] Resistance Brigades and Hezbollah groups are deploying to Sidon neighborhoods, amid a standstill of traffic in the southern city and growing anxiety, NOW's correspondent reported.
[17:39] There are reports Amal Movement and Hezbollah personnel conducting emergency security procedures in Haret Saida outside Sidon, NOW's correspondent said.
[17:36] Lebanon Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr tasked the military police and Lebanese army intelligence to investigate Dahiyeh bomb explosion, the National News Ageny reported.
[17:33] Lebanese Caretaker Health Minister Ali Hassan Khalil said four people were killed in the blast and over 50 injured.
[17:28] Future News cited the Red Cross as saying that over 30 people have been injured by the Dahiyeh explosion.
[17:26] Voice of Lebanon (100.5) radio reported that four people have been injured in fighting between Tripoli's Bab al-Tebbaneh and Jabal Mohsen neighborhoods following the car bomb in southern Beirut.
[17:24] Al-Jadeed reported that Hezbollah denied that any of its officials were the target of the Dahiyeh explosion.
[17:13] Hezbollah members have deployed in Haret Saida near the Martyr’s Complex; while other Hezbollah members have deployed near the Fatima al-Zahraa complex in Sidon, NOW’s correspondent reported.
[17:10] A Heath Ministry source told AFP that the car bomb has killed 5 people and injured 20 others.
[17:09] Al-Mayadeen reported there are fears of a second suspected car bomb at the site of Thursday's explosion.
[17:02] Lebanon's Health Ministry called on all hospitals to open their doors to treat the wounded from the bomb at the ministry's expense.
[16:57] The National Authority for Disaster Management called for an emergency meeting in Beirut’s Grand Serail to follow up on bombing, the National News Agency reported.
[16:55] Lebanon's state National News Agency reported that the car bomb has killed four people and left nine others injured.
[16:52] Al-Manar reports car bomb was placed in a 4x4 vehicle.
[16:51] Media reports heavy clashes have erupted between Tripoli's Bab al-Tebbaneh and Jabal Mohsen areas.
[16:48] Hezbollah Deputy Chief Naim Qassem's residence near site of Thursday's explosion, sources tell NOW.
[16:43] Sky News Arabia reported that seven people have been killed and 20 others injured in the Dahiyeh blast.
[16:41] Smoke rises over the site of Thursday's explosion in Haret al-Harayk:
[16:40] Al-Manar reported that the Islamic Health Authority called on citizens to stay away from the bomb site to facilitate the work of the competent bodies.
[16:38] Al-Manar reported at least three people dead in Dahiyeh bombing.
[16:35] LBC cites sources as saying Hezbollah political council office close to bomb site, but not targeted.
[16:32] Two dead and several others injured in Dahiyeh blast, media outlets reported.
[16:27] Al-Manar reports explosion caused by car bomb on Al-Areed Street in Dahiyeh's Haret al-Harayk.
[16:25] Al-Jadeed reported heavy army and Hezbollah deployment at Beirut explosion site.
[16:15] Al-Arabiya reported that a Hezbollah security headquarters was targeted by the blast.