A damaged car at the site of the explosion in Shoueifat, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014.
A damaged car at the site of the explosion in Shoueifat, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014.

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives belt on board a passenger van south of Beirut today killing himself and wounding at least two people, security sources said.

The bomber detonated his explosives belt after boarding the van on a road near Choueifat, a key town that leads to the pro-Hezbollah southern suburbs of Beirut, the sources said.

The number of casualties was limited, they said, noting the estimated weight of the explosives used in the operation, ranging between 2 and 3 kilograms, and that the van had been vacant of passengers.

Two people were wounded including the driver who was in critical condition, the sources said.

The bomber’s head was severed in the explosion and was found in the debris that littered the road near a local gasoline station.

The sources said the van had not been the original target. The bomber had apparently tried to board a taxi in the area just minutes before the incident.

The bombing comes only two days after a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at a gas station in the northeastern city of Hermel that killed three people and wounded 23 others.

Lebanon has seen a spate of bombings targeting areas where Hezbollah enjoys wide support including the southern suburbs of Beirut and the northeastern city of Hermel.

Al-Qaeda-linked groups have claimed responsibility for the bombings, warning of further attacks unless Hezbollah ends its military campaign in neighboring Syria.

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