Lebanon: Senior Hamas official hit in vehicle bombing

14 January, 2018, 20:36 | Author: Wade Massey
  • “He opened the door of his car outside his home and the bomb went off,” a source from Sidon said

Mohammed Hamdan, brother of Osama Hamdan, the head of the Hamas' global relations and member of the politburo, was wounded in a auto bomb blast in the southern city of Sidon, Lebanon, on Sunday.

"Hamdan is an official in Hamas's security service".

Hamas did not immediately issue a statement on the blast.

The Lebanese army said a half-kilogramme bomb had been placed in his vehicle and detonated at around noon (1000 GMT).

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Hamdan was reportedly conscious following the attack, and was rapidly transferred to a nearby hospital, the source said. The explosion took place at his home, near Sidon's Al-Bustan Street.

Military and medical sources told AFP that a Hamas official was wounded, while Al Arabiya reported that Abu Hamza Hamdan was killed in the attack.

By longstanding convention, Lebanese authorities do not enter Palestinian camps, where security is instead left to joint Palestinian security forces.

The group has previously accused Israel of being involved in the assassination of a number of its members inside and outside Palestine.

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