Auto bomb blast in Lebanon's Sidon wounds Hamas member

  • Auto bomb blast in Lebanon's Sidon wounds Hamas member

Auto bomb blast in Lebanon's Sidon wounds Hamas member

According to AFP citing medical sources, a BMW detonated when Hamdan opened a door to the vehicle.

A Hamas official was wounded in a vehicle bomb attack that struck the southern Lebanese city of Sidon on Sunday.

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

"Initial indications point to Zionist [Israeli] fingers behind this criminal act", Hamas said without further details. The explosion took place at his home, near Sidon's Al-Bustan Street.

The explosion destroyed the vehicle and caused damage to a nearby building, sending black smoke rising above the city.

Hamdan was reportedly conscious following the attack, and was rapidly transferred to a nearby hospital, the source said.

Firefighters arrived to put out the flames and Lebanese security forces quickly cordoned off the area.

These units - which include Hamas and rival Palestinian faction Fatah - have fought several battles with other groups inside Ain al-Hilweh.