Booby trapped auto explodes in Lebanon's port city of Sidon

Hamas did not immediately issue a statement on the blast

An explosion targeting an official from the Palestinian Hamas Movement went off Sunday midday in the southern city of Sidon, leaving the man's BMW engulfed in flames.

A medical source at the scene said Hamdan suffered serious wounds to his legs while opening the door to his auto, and was transported to hospital.

The targeted official was Mohamed Hamdan, also known as Abu Hamza, the sources and al-Manar said.

The burnt-out vehicle was seen afterwards in a auto park. The official Lebanon News Agency said the explosion went off as Hamdan was getting into the auto.

Hamdan was transferred to hospital, while security forces cordoned the area and firefighters rushed to the scene.

Local media reported that Hamas had released a statement denying that any of its officials had been killed in the attack.

The most densely-populated of these camps is Ain al-Hilweh, which lies near Sidon and is home to some 61,000 Palestinians, including 6,000 who have fled the war in neighbouring Syria.

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