The officials say they believe the grenade went off by mistake as the man, Ali Jaber, was playing with it at his home in Beirut’s Chiyah neighbourhood. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Lebanese security officials say a hand grenade has exploded in an apartment in a southern Beirut suburb, killing a man and his wife.

The officials say they believe the grenade went off by mistake as the man, Ali Jaber, was playing with it at his home in Beirut’s Chiyah neighbourhood. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. They say an investigation has been opened into Tuesday’s incident.

Chiyah is part of Beirut’s southern suburb that is a stronghold of the militant Hezbollah group.

It was not immediately clear if Mr. Jaber was affiliated with any political group or why he had a grenade at home.

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