'Hezbollah preventing police from probing Beirut blast'

Explosion rocks Hezbollah headquarters in Beirut suburb, leaves 1 dead, 1 injured, DPA reports; terrorist Samir Kuntar reportedly injured in blast.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
July 30, 2011 14:10
1 minute read.
The Jerusalem Post

Beirut Street 520. (photo credit: Bloomberg)

Hezbollah security forces prevented Lebanese police from investigating the scene of an explosion Friday overnight which rocked Hezbollah's headquarters in a south Beirut suburb, DPA reported Saturday.

The blast, which took place inside an apartment on the tenth floor of a building in the the Roueiss neighborhood, killed at least one person and injured another, DPA said.

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Immediately after the explosion, the area was blocked off by Hezbollah security forces who. A Lebanese security source told DPA that Hezbollah forces fired into the air to disperse curious crowds who gathered at the site.

The circumstances behind the blast were unclear, but DPA cited some Lebanese newspapers as saying that a small bomb or hand grenade could have been the cause of the blast.

Lebanese website Lebanon Files also reported that Samir Kuntar, a terrorist previously jailed in Israel, was injured in the explosion. The report could not be confirmed, however it is believed that several Hezbollah members live in the Roueiss neighborhood.


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