BEIRUT: A bomb planted under a car exploded in Beirut’s southern suburb of Hay al-Sellom Monday night, the Lebanese Army said. The statement mentioned no casualties, but media reports spoke of two wounded people.
Security sources said the small home-made bomb wrecked the car, owned by Abbas Mazloum, and shattered windows in nearby shops in the neighborhood’s crowded Abbas area.
Gunmen from Hezbollah and allied Amal Movement, which have a heavy presence in the city’s southern suburbs, fired into the air after the blast.
Army soldiers later deployed in the area and began investigations. Soldiers sealed off the scene of the blast, where shrapnel and broken glass from the targeted car and nearby shops littered the street. Forensics experts searched for clues in and around the car.
Although the vehicle was parked near an Amal office, it was not immediately clear why the car was targeted.