Blast Hits Car in Sidon, Reportedly Targeting Hamas Official

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

An official in the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas was wounded in a auto bomb blast in the southern city of Sidon on Sunday, military and medical sources told French news agency AFP.

Mohamad Hamdan, also known as Abou Hamza, was identified as the target of the bombing.

Lebanese army soldiers inspect a car that was destroyed in a bombing in the southern port city of Sidon Lebanon Sunday Jan 14 2018. The Lebanese military said the bomb went off in a car in southern Lebanon wounding its Palestinian owner. It was not
Officials examine a car that was destroyed in a bombing in the southern port city of Sidon Lebanon Sunday Jan. 14 2018

Lebanon's official National News Agency said the area has been cordoned off.

Al-Manar television, run by the Lebanese political and military group Hezbollah, described Hamdan as an important person in Hamas.

Hamas did not immediately issue a statement on the blast.

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"A bomb placed in a BMW in Sidon detonated, wounding Hamas official [Abu Hamza] Hamdan", a military source said.

Witnesses say the man targeted in the attack appeared to have been wounded in the leg. Health officials say he's lucky to be alive and is being treated for slight injuries. He was transported to hospital, where he was being treated for his wounds.

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