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Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah. A deadly explosion has hit a stronghold of the militant group in Beirut.

Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah. A deadly explosion has hit a stronghold of the militant group in Beirut.

AP

Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah. A deadly explosion has hit a stronghold of the militant group in Beirut.

Twenty-two people have been killed in a powerful car bomb explosion in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon's interior minister said.

Marwan Charbel said officials are carrying out DNA tests on body parts discovered near the vehicle which blew up to try to determine whether the blast was the work of a suicide bomber.

Thursday's explosion struck a bustling street in the Rweiss district in a southern suburb of Beirut that is a stronghold of the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah.

The bombing was the second in just over a month to hit a Hezbollah stronghold south of Beirut.

Many people in Lebanon see the attacks as retaliation for Hezbollah's armed support for President Bashar Assad in neighbouring Syria's civil war.