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Powerful Explosion Hits Beirut Suburb

UPDATE: Five people are reported dead and more than 50 are injured after a large explosion Thursday in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital.

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The explosion hit a densely populated neighborhood in southern Beirut, Lebanon's state-run National News Agency reports. The area is said to be a stronghold of Hezbollah, the Shiite militant group.

An injured woman still holding a phone is carried from the scene in Beirut following the bombing.

Photo captured moments after the explosion occurred.

Five people are dead and more than 50 are injured, according to Lebanon's state run National News Agency. The nature of the explosion is unclear.

Beirut has been hit by a series of bombs in recent months. Thursday's explosion comes just days after a bombing killed Mohammed Chatah, a former minister, and four others.

Firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire following the explosion.

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Hasan Shaaban / Reuters
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Another wounded Lebanese woman being helped from the scene.

Hasan Shaaban / Reuters

Lebanese women who left their destroyed home after the bombing.

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An injured Lebanese man near the site of the bombing.

AP Photo/Hussein Malla

A man holds a rifle at the site of an explosion.

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Raw video footage shows chaos ensued in the crowded streets immediately following the explosion.

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