Aug 2, 2011

Assassination Attempt on Hezbollah Chief?

Aaron KleinBy Aaron Klein
Klein Online

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Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah was the target of a bomb blast in southern Beirut last Friday, an Egyptian security official told KleinOnline.

The Egyptian official did not point to any specific information that indicated who carried out the alleged assassination attempt. He did, however, say the assumption is that Israel was behind the bombing.

Hassan NasrallahHezbollah claimed the blast was caused by a technical problem with a gas tank, and that there were no casualties.

Fueling suspicions, Hezbollah forces closed off the scene of the blast and did not allow Lebanese police or army forces to enter.

Some Lebanese reports stated the intended target was Samir Kuntar – a Lebanese terrorist freed in a Hezbollah-Israel prisoner swap.

Other reports claimed Mustafa Mughniyeh, the son of late Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh, was the target. Imad Mighniyeh was killed in a car bomb explosion in 2008 widely blamed on Israel.

Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida reported today Nasrallah was the intended target of Friday’s blast. The report claimed that Israel had received information that Nasrallah was to meet senior Hezbollah officials, including Kuntar, in Beirut’s southern suburbs during the time of the blast.

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