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Blast rocks Hezbollah suburb in Beirut

Lebanese civilians and emergency personnel gather at the site of a car bomb between the Bir el-Abed and Roueiss neighborhoods, in the southern suburb of Beirut on Aug. 15. AFP - Getty Images

By Paul Nassar and Alastair Jamieson, NBC News

A powerful car bomb rocked a southern Beirut suburb Thursday, killing at least 18 people near a complex used by Lebanon's militant group, Hezbollah, witnesses and officials said.

The blast also damaged five surrounding buildings and other cars.

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A Hezbollah civil defense worker walks past a burnt car at the site of a car bomb explosion in southern Beirut, Lebanon, on Aug. 15. Hussein Malla / AP
Lebanese citizens and Hezbollah supporters gather at the scene of a car bomb explosion in southern Beirut, Lebanon, on Aug. 15. Hussein Malla / AP
People are evacuated from a building at the site of a car bomb blast in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, on Aug. 15. Wael Hamzeh / EPA
Lebanese emergency personnel evacuate the body of a man from the site of a car bomb between the Bir el-Abed and Roueiss neighborhoods, in the southern suburb of Beirut on Aug. 15. AFP - Getty Images
Supporters of Hezbollah try to extinguish the fire from burning cars at the site of a car bomb in Beirut's southern suburbs, on Aug. 15. Stringer / Reuters
Smoke rises behind buildings from the site of an explosion in Beirut's southern suburbs, on Aug. 15. Mohamed Azakir / Reuters