Loud explosion rocks east Beirut neighborhood

A bomb exploded in an empty passenger bus parked in a Christian neighborhood east of Beirut Monday, wounding seven passers-by, a senior security official reported. The explosion occurred in the residential and industrial Bouchrieh suburb, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press. Lebanon has seen a string of bomb explosions in and around Beirut since clashes between Fatah Islam militants and the Lebanese army began May 20. Lebanon has also been hit by a series of explosions in the last two years, particularly targeting Christian areas.