At least one Hamas member killed in southern Beirut

14:40, December 27, 2009      

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At least one Hamas member was killed in a car bomb in Hezbollah's stronghold Dahiyeh in southern Beirut on Saturday night, the official National News Agency (NNA) reported.

One Hamas member was killed, one severely injured and some other people also injured in the incident, according to NNA report.

However, the local LBC TV channel and Now Lebanon website reported that two Hamas members were killed by the blast.

A source with Lebanese Interior Security Force told Xinhua on condition of anonymity that the explosion caused death, but he is unclear about the number of the killed.

"There is no official statement right now," said the source.

The local Mustaqbal newspaper website quoted a Hamas official as saying that the incident aimed at a senior Hamas official Ali Baraka. The blast occurred near his office.

Hezbollah and Lebanese security persons cordoned off the area immediately. Hezbollah refused to talk about the incident.

The explosion came on the eve of Ashoura, Shiite's most important religious holiday.

Source: Xinhua

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