At least 43 dead in twin suicide blasts in Beirut

At least 43 people have died and hundreds have been injured in suspected twin suicide attack in Lebanon’s capital Beirut on Thursday evening

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Twin explosion extensively damaged coffee shops and stores in the area

Updated Nov 13, 2015

At least 43 people have been killed and hundreds have been injured in two suicide bomb attacks on Thursday evening, in Beirut’s southern Burj al Bragna neighbourhood.

The explosions took place at the same time in a predominantly Shia neighbourhood Burj al Barajneh, a stronghold of the Shiite Muslim militant movement Hezbollah.     

Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said that there was a third suicide bomber was involved however, he was killed in the second explosion.

Social media images revealed a scene of devastation, with scores of people running through the streets, littered with debris.

DAESH terrorist group claimed responsibility for Thursday's double attack on a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Beirut.

The group announced through Twitter that its members exploded a bike carrying explosives on a road in the Borj al Barajneh area and a suicide bomber blew himself up among the people gathered causing hundreds of injuries and killing at least 40 people, according to DAESH.

The Lebanese branch of the Red Cross claimed more than 37 people had been killed and issued an urgent appeal for blood donations to help the injured.

Some social media reports indicate that witnesses claimed the death toll could be much higher.

The army set up checkpoints at all entrances into the southern suburbs and Hezbollah's own security force is on high alert.

There have been no major attacks in the area since June 2014.

TRTWorld and agencies