BEIRUT — A car bomb exploded in Christian east Beirut during the morning rush hour today, killing at least three people and wounding at least 45 others.
The blast in the Sinn el-Fil neighborhood collapsed two apartment buildings and set fire to a dozen others along a narrow street near a crowded vegetables market.
The car, a Renault 5, was rigged with about 200 pounds of TNT and parked next to a school wall on Ghazal street, police said. They said there were no casualties among the students of Al-Sharq secondary school, however.
An hour after the explosion, rescuers said they had dug three bodies out of the debris and that at least 45 other people had been hospitalized.