A car bomb is beleived to have gone off at 11:00 pm in the Verdun district of Beirut city. The explosion is reportedly in the vicinity of the Scoozi restaurant and the Dunes shopping mall, and might have occured in the parking lot of the Russian Cultural Center. Lebanese televison footage shows a fire now burning in the Mandarine building. The building is approximately 200 meters from the residence of the country's Speaker of Parliament. News services have placed the number of injured at 8, with zero deaths. Civil Defence units are now in the process of evacuating the residents of the Mandarine building as a fire rages through it.
Verdun is a predominantly Muslim district of the city, known for the large number of affluent shops and restaurants that line its main street.