Deadly explosion hits southern Lebanon, search for clues underway


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The blast killed one person in the town of Banaafoul, near the port city of Sidon, and demolished a two-storey municipal building and a scouting center for the Shiite Amal movement.

Army personnel cordoned off the building as they searched through the rubble. (Reuters)

An explosion destroyed a building in southern Lebanon, killing one person and injuring seven, a Lebanese security official said.

Tuesday’s blast in the town of Banaafoul, near the port city of Sidon, demolished the two-storey building that served as a municipal building and a scout center for the Shia Amal movement.

According to the security official, the deceased was the son of the town mayor.

It was not immediately clear what triggered the explosion, which also caused property damage to nearby buildings and cars.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to make official statements, said the explosion may have been caused by diesel fuel stored inside the building.

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The explosion also caused property damage to nearby buildings and cars.

The explosion also caused property damage to nearby buildings and cars. (Reuters)

Blocked building

A security source told Reuters news agency that the explosion was not an act of sabotage, without disclosing further details.

Other unconfirmed reports indicated that the building contained a weapons cache. Army personnel cordoned off the building as they searched the rubble for clues and victims.

On December 10, a large explosion rocked a Palestinian camp in the southern Lebanese port city of Tyre, injuring a dozen people, according to rescue workers on site and a Palestinian source inside the camp.

The state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported that the blast came from a Hamas weapons depot in the Burj al-Shemali camp and that a judge had ordered forces to security to open an investigation.

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