Explosion heard in Beirut late Sunday, 1 killed

An explosion near a busy shopping mall sent black smoke billowing in the Christian sector of the Lebanese capital late Sunday, witnesses and TV stations reported. Police had no immediate information about causalities from the explosion, which was heard across the city and surrounding hills. But one private television station, New TV, said the explosion killed one woman. It gave no other details. The major Lebanese Broadcasting Corp. television said the explosion occurred in Ashrafieh, the Christian sector of the Lebanese capital, near a major shopping center shortly before midnight (2100GMT). The mall also has restaurants and movie theaters that operated late, particularly on Sunday, a weekend in Lebanon.