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Huge blast rocks Lebanese capitalPublish Date: Dec 27, 2013
Huge blast rocks Lebanese capital
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File photo of the skyline of Beirut, where a huge blast has reportedly rocked the city, December 27, 2013 (AFP)
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A huge blast, caused by a car bomb, rocked central Beirut on Friday, sending plumes of black smoke scudding across the skyline of the Lebanese capital, an AFP correspondent said.

Television channels showed pictures of thick smoke near the Serail, where Lebanon's prime minister has his offices, and a major commercial district home to shops, banks, restaurants

Footage broadcast by Future TV showed people on fire, others lying on the ground, some bloodied, as well as fires blazing at several other points while ambulances rushed to the stricken area.

Beirut has been hit by several deadly attacks over the past months, including twin suicide bombings in November that targeted the Iranian embassy and bombings in the bastion of the Shiite movement Hezbollah in the south of the capital over the summer.

AFP

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