Death toll in Lebanon bombing rises to 22

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Posted: Aug 16, 2013 4:09 AM
Death toll in Lebanon bombing rises to 22

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's interior minister says the death toll from the powerful car bomb that struck a south Beirut suburb has risen to 22.

Marwan Charbel also says that officials are conducting DNA tests on Friday on body parts discovered near the vehicle that blew up to try to determine whether the explosion was the work of a suicide bomber.

Thursday's blast struck a bustling street in the Rweiss district in a southern suburb of Beirut that is a stronghold of the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah.

The bombing was the second in just more than a month to hit a Hezbollah stronghold south of Beirut.

Many people in Lebanon see the attacks as retaliation for Hezbollah's armed support for President Bashar Assad in neighboring Syria's civil war.