BEIRUT: Investigations are ongoing to discover any possible motives behind an explosion in Hay al-Sellom that caused material damage in the densely populated area late Monday night.
The bomb, made of 700 grams of TNT, was planted under Abbas Mazloum’s car, sources said. The car’s owner was questioned for 12 hours overnight, according to security sources.
A Syrian man, identified as Fahed al-Molla also gave his testimony over the bombing.
Personal disputes have erupted between Mazloum and Molla in the past, and the explosion was likely due to the conflict between them, the sources added.
A judicial source told The Daily Star that there were still no official suspects in the blast and that Mazloum and Molla were currently considered witnesses.
The source said that Military Judge Kamal Nassar, who is investigating the case, has also tasked the relevant security authorities to record the testimonies of shop owners in the neighborhood. The explosion shattered windows in nearby shops in the neighborhood’s crowded Abbas area and left two people lightly wounded.
Hezbollah and Amal Movement gunmen, who maintain a heavy presence in the suburb, fired into the air after the blast. Lebanese Army soldiers later deployed in the area, and investigations into the incident began.
Separately, a clash erupted between the Dandash and Assaf families in the area Tuesday. The fight was quickly contained when the Lebanese Army intervened.