Brother of Hamas Foreign Minister Injured in Lebanon Car Bomb

Sergio Conner
January 14, 2018

A auto blast has rocked the southern city of Sidon on Sunday, injuring one person.

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

"A bomb placed in a BMW in Sidon detonated, wounding Hamas official Mohammed Hamdan", a military source said.

Hamas, meanwhile, denied that any of its officials were targeted in an attack.

The blast destroyed Hamdan's silver BMW and sent a column of smoke into the sky, footage from the scene broadcast by Lebanese television stations showed.

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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.

Mohammad Hamdan is the brother of senior Hamas leader in Lebanon, Osama Hamdan.

The Hezbollah-linked Al-Mayadeen news reported that an Israeli plane was flying over the city at the time of the explosion.

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