Hamas official injured as vehicle explodes in southern Lebanon

Hamas official injured as vehicle explodes in southern Lebanon

"He opened the door of his vehicle outside his home and the bomb went off", a source from Sidon said.

A auto 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.

"Initial indications point to Zionist [Israeli] fingers behind this criminal act", Hamas said without further details.

The Red Cross confirmed that 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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Lebanese security forces imposed a security cordon around the site of the blast.

A Hamas official in Sidon, Ayman Shanaa, told Palestinian television station Paltoday that Hamdan was "slightly wounded" in the attack.

Sidon is home to two of the 12 Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.

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.

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