'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.

July 30, 2011 14:10
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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.

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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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