Beirut: A suicide bomber killed himself and one other person when he detonated explosives in a van in southern Beirut on Monday, a Lebanese security source said.

Lebanese television footage showed the chassis of a vehicle with no roof. Smoke rose in the air and debris lay on a street.

Body parts, including a head, were on the road.

The target of the attack was not immediately clear. The van exploded on a highway in Choueifat, in the south of the capital.

Two bombs in January hit residential areas of Beirut where the Shi’ite militant Hezbollah group has a strong presence.

Lebanon is reeling from the fallout of Syria’s civil war next door. Hezbollah has sent fighters to support Syrian President Bashar Al Assad against majority Sunni rebels.

Lebanese and Syria militants supportive of the Syrian uprising have targeted Hezbollah areas with attacks, including a bomb attack on Sunday in the northern Shi’ite town of Hermel.