Hamas Official Targeted in Car Explosion in South Lebanon

“He opened the door of his car outside his home and the bomb went off,” a source from Sidon said

“He opened the door of his car outside his home and the bomb went off,” a source from Sidon said

A bomb wounded a member of the Palestinian group Hamas in the Lebanese city of Sidon on Sunday, destroying his auto outside his apartment.

Lebanese news outlets said the blast took place as the Palestinian was getting into his booby-trapped BMW in the area of al-Boustan al-Kabir in Sidon, some 40km south of the Lebanese capital, Beirut.

"All civilians get back!" shouted an officer, ushering curious residents away from the charred vehicle.

The blast took place as Mohamed Hemdan Abo Hamza was about to board his vehicle in Sidon, a Lebanese security source said on condition of anonymity because he was unauthorized to speak to media.

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The Red Cross confirmed there was only one person wounded in the blast and said he had been transported to hospital in a civilian vehicle.

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Hamas's representative in Lebanon, Ali Baraka, visited Hamdan at the Labib Hospital in Sidon. It reported that he appeared to have a security role and was being tracked by Israel.

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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