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Beirut blast takes life of Lebanese security officer

BEIRUT--An overnight suicide blast in Beirut's southern suburbs, Hezbollah's main bastion, killed a security officer who had tried to stop the bomber, a Lebanese security source said Tuesday.

No one has claimed the attack, but an audio recording posted on YouTube by a Sunni militant group said there would be more "strikes" if the Shiite movement does not pull out of Syria.

The explosion happened at around midnight (2100 GMT Monday) near an army checkpoint and cafe where soccer fans were watching a World Cup match.

An army statement said a suicide attacker driving a white Mercedes "blew himself up at an army checkpoint at the Tayuneh roundabout (in southern Beirut), wounding several civilians."

The official National News Agency reported 12 people wounded.

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