Hamas official injured as auto explodes in southern Lebanon

Lester Mason
January 14, 2018

A auto bombing in the southern Lebanon port city of Sidon on Sunday reportedly targeted the brother of the top representative of the Islamist Hamas group in the country, the Lebanese army said.

The target, Mohamed Hamdan, was not a publicly known Hamas figure in Lebanon.

Hamas leader Jihad Taha blamed Israel for the attack.

The statement added that the blast took place as he opened his auto in Al-Bustan Al-Kabir neighborhood in Sidon. Security forces sealed off the site of the explosion in a northern residential district of Sidon, 40 km (25 miles) south of Beirut.

A military source said a BMW in the southern port city of Sidon "detonated, wounding Hamas official Mohammed Hamdan".

Images posted on social media and aired on Lebanese TV showed a mangled vehicle, a large fire and black smoke rising above the city.

He said Abo Hamza was slightly injured in the attack.

Tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees live in Lebanon, many of them in 12 camps across the country.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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