Hezbollah blames Israel for auto bomb attack on Hamas official

Mohammed Hamdan in hospital

An explosion targeting an official from the Palestinian Hamas Movement went off Sunday midday in the southern city of Sidon, leaving the man's BMW engulfed in flames.

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.

Hamas command committee member, Ayman Shanaa said that Mohammad Hamdan, who is also called "Abu Hamza" was transferred to hospital, noting that his injuries were minor. "His work is linked to internal Palestinian affairs", the source said. The attack took place in a residential area in northern Sidon.


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.

Hamdan did not appear to have a public or political role in Hamas, but a Palestinian security source told AFP that he was a member of the organisation's security apparatus.

Sidon, which lies some 40 kilometres south of the capital Beirut, is home to two of Lebanon's 12 Palestinian refugee camps.

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