Lebanon blast: Hamas official wounded in vehicle bomb attack


A vehicle 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.

Hamdan was not one of Hamas' known members in Lebanon; however, "Hezbollah's" Al Manar television described him on Sunday as "a leading official at the Movement". "Because of the nature of his work, the fingers are pointed to the Israeli enemy".

"The blast wounded his leg, destroyed his auto and damaged the building", Hamas' Lebanon branch said in a statement. It reported that he appeared to have a security role and was being tracked by Israel.

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Tight security cordons were setup around the site of the bombing by Lebanese security forces. Senior Hamas official Ali Barakah told reporters that the attack on Hamdan was an attack on "the Palestinian presence in Lebanon and on the sovereignty" of the country.

According to a medical source at the scene, Hamdan, whose nom de guerre is Abu Hamzah, suffered serious injuries to his legs while opening the door of his silver BMW. Sidon is home to two of the 12 Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.