A major explosion rocked a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Lebanon on Tuesday as thick grey smoke was seen billowing over Ein Qana village, which is about 50 km away from the capital city of Beirut, AP report.
According to local reports, several people have been injured. A few broadcasters have also reported casualties, however, no exact figure has been made available.
It was not immediately clear as to what caused the blast. However, security sources said that the area had been cordoned off by Hezbolla, a prominent Iran-backed Shi’ite Muslim group.
The security source said the arms depot blast, which sent a huge column of black smoke into the sky, was caused by a “technical error”.
The explosion rocked the village of Ain Qana in south Lebanon, a political stronghold of the heavily armed and politically powerful group which has fought wars with neighbouring Israel.
The blast has further rattled a nation grappling with its worst crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war and still reeling from a devastating explosion at Beirut port that ripped through the capital, killing at least 190 people.