Hamas official injured in Lebanon bomb blast

Lebanese

People inspect a damaged vehicle in Sidon, southern Lebanon, January 14, 2018.

A Hamas official was critically wounded in a car-bomb attack that struck the southern Lebanese city of Sidon, which is home to Lebanon's largest Palestinian refugee camp. But al-Manar television, run by the Lebanese political and military group, Hezbollah reported he was an important person within the group with a security roleand that he was being tracked by Israel.

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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The statement added that the blast took place as he opened his auto in Al-Bustan Al-Kabir neighborhood in Sidon.

The blast sent a column of smoke into the sky, television footage broadcast by Lebanese television stations showed.

Initial reports said Hamdan was a Hamas official. He was transported to hospital, where he was being treated for his wounds.

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