Over 41 Killed, 181 Injured in Twin Beirut Suicide Bombs (VIDEO)

At least 41 people were killed and nearly 200 injured in two suicide bombs targeting a neighborhood in the south of the Lebanese capital Beirut, according to local news reports.

The Lebanese Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said initial reports indicate that two suicide bombers blew themselves up seven minutes apart.

the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, a Lebanese new agency The Daily Star reported.

The explosions took place outside of a shopping center in a stronghold of the Shiite Hezbollah movement in Burj al-Barajneh.

A video posted online shows the scene between the bombings at the site of the first attack.

Hezbollah was founded in 1982 during Israel’s invasion of Lebanon, with its main mission to fight against the Israeli occupation. Since Israel’s withdraw from the country, Hezbollah has continued to be an enemy of Israel.

The group also has a shaky alliance with the Gaza-based Hamas movement.

(Ma’an)

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