Lebanon: 1 dead, 20 hurt in overnight Beirut blast

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Posted: Jun 24, 2014 4:26 AM
Lebanon: 1 dead, 20 hurt in overnight Beirut blast

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese officials and the state-run news agency say the overnight suicide bombing in a southern Beirut neighborhood killed a security officer and wounded 20 people.

The explosion occurred just after midnight on Monday near a checkpoint and a cafe in the Shatila area.

The state-run news agency said on Tuesday that security officer Abdul-Karim Hodroj was killed. It wasn't clear if the checkpoint was the intended target of the attack.

The wounded included people who had gathered at a cafe to watch World Cup matches.

It was the second explosion in a week and comes amid mounting regional tensions over dramatic events in nearby Iraq, where the al-Qaida splinter group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has seized large chunks of territory in the country's north and west.