Suicide bombings kill 37 in Beirut, condemned by UN

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Sigrid Kaag. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Twin suicide bombings that reportedly killed 37 people and wounded nearly 200 others in Beirut, Lebanon have been condemned by the UN.

The UN Special Coordinator for the country was speaking on Thursday after the attack in a suburb of the capital.

Matthew Wells reports.

The bombers struck a southern suburb of the capital Beirut that is a Shiite stronghold, where support for the Hezbollah group is high.

The first bomb detonated in a crowded area during rush hour, according to news reports from the scene, quickly followed by another suicide bomb, close by.

The attacks were claimed by the terrorist group ISIL, which until now, has not carried out any attacks inside Lebanon.

The Lebanese prime minister declared Friday a day of national mourning.

The UN special coordinator in Lebanon, Sigrid Kaag, said that the international community "stands by Lebanon" and stressed that those responsible needed to be brought to justice as quickly as possible.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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