Bomb wounds Hamas official in Lebanon

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A bomb blast wounded an official of the Palestinian group Hamas in the Lebanese city of Sidon on Sunday, destroying his car, security sources and the Hezbollah movement’s al-Manar television station reported.

The targeted official was Mohamed Hamdan, also known as Abu Hamza, the sources and al-Manar said. He was “slightly wounded” in the attack, a Hamas official in Sidon, Ayman Shanaa, told a Palestinian television station, Paltoday.

The blast destroyed Hamdan’s silver BMW and sent a column of smoke into the sky over Sidon, 40 km (25 miles) south of Beirut, television footage from the scene broadcast by Lebanese television stations showed.

Witnesses said the man targeted in the attack appeared to have been wounded in the leg. He was transported to hospital where he was being treated for his wounds.

Sidon is home to two of Lebanon’s 12 Palestinian refugee camps. The attack took place in a residential area in northern Sidon.

Reporting by Tom Perry; Additional reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Editing by Lousie Heavens and Dale Hudson

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