BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 2 (UPI) — A bombing in a Beirut suburb last Friday was an Israeli attempt to assassinate Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, the Kuwaiti daily al-Jareeda reported Tuesday.
Unnamed sources told the newspaper, Israel received information of plans by Nasrallah to meet with senior officials in a southern Beirut suburb, including Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar who was freed by Israel in a Hezbollah prisoner swap.
A number of Hezbollah members are believed to have been injured in the blast but there is no confirmation concerning whether Nasrallah was also injured, the Kuwaiti daily said.
One of those believed to have been injured is Mustafa Badr al-,a senior Hezbollah official wanted by the Special Tribunal in Lebanon investigating the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the Albawaba.com Web site reported.
After Friday’s explosion, Hezbollah said the blast was caused by a gas leak and secured the site barring police or military officials from approaching, Haaretz said.