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Beirut explosion kills at least one

Possible car bomb latest in attacks that began with assassination

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A vehicle burns in Beirut after a bomb exploded late Friday in the city's Christian sector.

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BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) -- A powerful explosion rocked a predominately Christian area in eastern Beirut around midnight, killing one person and wounding at least 20 others, according to Lebanese security sources and local media reports.

Lebanese media reported a car bomb caused the blast, and security sources told CNN that the investigation would focus on that possibility.

Video showed emergency personnel working to put out the fire and cordoning off the area. Several cars were ablaze near a hospital and bank.

"It is becoming an all-too-familiar sight," journalist Anthony Mills said.

A string of bombings in Beirut began in February after a truck bomb killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who had been pushing for Syria's troops to withdraw from Lebanon.

The United Nations has launched an investigation into the Hariri killing. Five Lebanese suspects, including four pro-Syrian generals and a lawmaker, have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the assassination.

Friday's bombing came the day after a U.N. investigator visited Damascus seeking more cooperation in the probe from Syria.

Hariri and 20 others were killed in a massive explosion in downtown Beirut on February 14. Immediate suspicion that Syria was involved in the bombing led to outrage that resulted in Syria's military withdrawal from Lebanon.

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