Hamas terrorist wounded in assassination attempt in Lebanon

A bomb blast wounded a Hamas terrorist in the Lebanese city of Sidon on Sunday, destroying his car, security sources and the Hezbollah terror group’s al-Manar television station reported.

The targeted terrorist was Mohamed Hamdan, also known as Abu Hamza, the sources and al-Manar said. He was “slightly wounded”.

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A Lebanese security official said the bomb was placed under the car seat. The official Lebanon News Agency said the explosion went off as Hamdan was getting into the car.

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.

Contrary to first reports, witnesses said the terrorist targeted in the attack appeared to have been wounded in the leg. Sidon Mayor Mohammed Saudi said Hamdan was undergoing surgery in a local hospital.

Hamas has been increasing it’s ties to Hezbollah in Lebanon recently as part of efforts to resume terrorism cooperation with Iran.