At least 27 people were killed and 40 wounded in two suicide explosions in a busy area in Beirut’s southern suburb, a stronghold of Lebanese Hezbollah, on Thursday, medical officials and the Red Cross reported.
Local media said that the attacks occurred just outside a Shi’ite centre in the Borj Al Barajneh area.
Initial reports four were killed, but the Red Cross later updated the death tool to 16 people.
A Lebanese security official however said the blast was heard on Thursday evening near a security office in the suburb of Burj Al Barajneh.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.
The southern suburb of Beirut is a stronghold of the militant Hezbollah group and has been hit by several bombings in the past that have killed dozens.
Hezbollah’s Al Manar TV said there were two explosions, about seven minutes apart, in the suburb’s area of Burj Al Barajneh.