A car bomb killed at least five people in Hezbollah's stronghold in southern Beirut today (January 2, 2014) -- the latest in a series of deadly attacks on Shi'ite and Sunni targets in Lebanon -- according to the Yahoo News website.
Several other cars were destroyed by the force of the blast, which left blackened and twisted wreckage smoldering on the street in front of buildings whose facades were torn off by the explosion.
Health Minister Ali Hassan Khalil said five people were killed and 66 wounded.
The explosion occurred less than a week after former finance minister Mohamad Chatah -- a critic of the Shi'ite Hezbollah militant group and its ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad -- was killed along with six others by a car bomb in Beirut. Many view today's car bomb attack as a retaliation against Hezbollah for that recent attack.