May 26, 2006

Bomb targets Islamic Jihad in Lebanon

SIDON, Lebanon (Reuters) - A senior Islamic Jihad official
was wounded in a blast in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon
on Friday and his brother was killed, Lebanese security sources
and officials of the Palestinian group said.

It was not immediately clear who targeted the official
Mahmoud Majzoub, known as Abu Hamze, and his brother Nidal but
an Israeli military source was not aware of any activity or
involvement by Israel at this time.

The explosion went off when the men, who were in the same
car, turned the ignition, security sources said. The blast,
near the Abu Bakr mosque in Sidon, appeared to have been caused
by a bomb planted in the vehicle, they said.

Lebanese security sources earlier said the Abu Hamze
himself had been killed but later said his brother had died
while he sustained critical wounds. Islamic Jihad officials
contacted by Reuters in Beirut declined immediate comment.