Blast kills two Hamas members in S.Beirut

Several Palestinians and Hezbollah members have been killed in Lebanon in recent years in attacks, blamed on Israel.

Blast kills two Hamas members in S.Beirut

The two people killed in a mysterious late night blast in Beirut's southern suburbs were both Hamas members, a spokesman for the Palestinian movement told Al-Arabiya television on Sunday.

"The explosion in the southern suburbs resulted in the martyrdom of two members of Hamas and wounded three other people," the spokesman, Ayman Taha, said on the Saudi-owned, Dubai-based station.

Ambulances rushed to the scene and security personnel sealed off the area within a 200 metre (yard) radius of where the bomb exploded, in a stronghold of the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah.

He added that "the circumstances of the explosion are unclear and it is too early to name the party" responsible for it.

"We have launched an investigation and we will publish the results once completed," Taha said, adding that he had been in touch with exiled Hamas leaders in Lebanon and Syria.

He identified them as Basel Goma and Hassan Haddad, both faction members.

A Lebanese security official had earlier said that at least two people were killed and several wounded in the Saturday night explosion.

"The cause of the explosion has not yet been determined," the official added.
Lebanon's official National News Agency said that the blast was caused by bombs placed under the car of a possible Hamas member, while Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV station said it occurred in a Hamas office.

Several Palestinians and Hezbollah members have been killed in Lebanon in recent years in attacks, blamed on Israel.

Lebanon is home to 12 Palestinian refugee camps that house more than 200,000 registered refugees.


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