Hizbullah blames Israel for botched assassination

The chief instructor of Hizbullah's guerrillas escaped an assassination attempt Friday night when a bomb blew up his car seconds after he got out of the vehicle, Lebanese police said. The explosion in the eastern city of Baalbek caused no casualties, a police official said Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the press. Hizbullah blamed Israel for the "treacherous assassination attempt" and warned that it will retaliate. "The Zionist enemy is fully responsible for the operation's planning and execution," Hezbollah said in a statement broadcast on its Al-Manar Television. "The Islamic resistance will fully shoulder its responsibility in this regard and do what is necessary," the statement added.