Three killed in southern Beirut blasts (UPDATE 2)

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Three people have been killed and 38 injured after an explosion hit a southern area of the Lebanese capital Beirut on Wednesday, residents and a security source said.

The blast hit near the Kuwaiti embassy and the Iranian Cultural Chancellery in Beirut, Al Arabiya reported.

This is the second time an Iranian property has been targeted. In November, a pair of suicide bombings at the Iranian embassy killed at least 25 people, including a diplomat.

Beirut's southern suburbs have been hit by four car bombs since July, the most recent of which occurred in Choueifat on Feb. 3, leaving two people dead.

The predominantly Shiite area is a stronghold of the militant movement Hezbollah.

The series of attacks are linked to the civil war in neighboring Syria.

The conflict has deeply divided Lebanon along sectarian lines and helped fuel a surge in violence that has rattled the already fragile country.

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