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One dead, 19 wounded in Beirut car bomb



BEIRUT (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded in a mainly Christian residential neighborhood of the Lebanese capital Beirut late on Friday, killing one person and wounding at least 19, Red Cross and security sources said.


The bomb exploded near a branch of Lebanon's Byblos Bank in the area of Achrafieh and heard throughout Beirut, a senior security source said.


"What we lived this night was like hell," Eva Nashleklian told Reuters as she wiped blood off her arm.

Ambulances ferried 12 wounded people to nearby hospitals, while seven others were lightly injured and did not need urgent treatment, a Red Cross source said.

A series of explosions have targeted Christian-dominated areas in Beirut since the February killing of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri and 20 others in a huge car bomb. Most have targeted commercial districts.