Hamas Official Reportedly Wounded in Car Bomb Blast in Lebanon

Hamas official wounded by bomb blast in Lebanon

An explosion targeting an official from the Palestinian Hamas Movement went off Sunday midday in the southern city of Sidon, leaving the man's BMW engulfed in flames.

According to the Lebanese National News Agency, Hamdan, aka Abu Hamza, is a Palestinian national. "The incident has Israeli fingerprints", Mounir al-Maqdah, the Fatah official, told Reuters.

Mohammed Hamdan suffered a leg injury on Sunday after a bomb planted in his auto detonated, Hamas' media group said in a statement.

Hamas' statement described Hamdan as one of its "cadres" in Sidon.

Security forces cordoned off the area and firefighters worked to put out the blaze.

Conflicting reports emerged about the extent of Hamdan's injuries.

A medical source at the scene said Hamdan, also known as Abu Hamza, suffered serious wounds to his legs while opening the door to his vehicle, and was transported to hospital.

Hamas leader Jihad Taha blamed Israel for the attack.

Sidon, which lies some 40 kilometres south of the capital Beirut, is home to two of Lebanon's 12 Palestinian refugee camps.



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