A suicide bomber blew up his car in southern Beirut on Monday night near a security forces checkpoint, killing himself and damaging a nearby café, security sources said.

The sources, who asked not to be named, said the explosion took place in a district of the Lebanese capital mainly inhabited by supporters of the Shi'ite group Amal, an ally of the militant movement Hezbollah.

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They said people had been wounded in the blast and that the suspected bomber had been killed.

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