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Explosion rocks Beirut district near army checkpoint, casualties reported

A Lebanese security official and witnesses say an explosion has rocked a neighborhood in southern Beirut near a Lebanese army checkpoint and a cafe.

The official said the explosion appears to have been caused by a car bomb that went off after midnight. He said several people were wounded in the explosion.

It was the second explosion in a week. On Friday, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car near a police checkpoint in eastern Lebanon, killing a policeman and wounding several other people.

An Associated Press reporter on the scene of Monday's explosion said he saw at least two wounded people. The explosion went off near the Abu Assaf cafe, where people had gathered to watch the World Cup matches.