A large explosion has rocked a stronghold of the Hezbollah group in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital.

The nature of the explosion during rush hour in the Haret Hreik neighbourhood was not immediately clear, but casualties were feared given the size and the timing of the blast. An Associated Press reporter on the scene saw two bodies on the street, and at least 10 wounded people.

Images broadcast on Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV showed smoke billowing at the site of the blast, and firefighters putting out several cars that were ablaze. The footage showed at least one building that had its facade blown off, and several neighbouring buildings were also damaged.

Lebanon has been hit by a wave of bombings in recent months as the civil war in Syria increasingly spills over into its smaller neighbour.

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