Hamas chief in Lebanon Osama Hamdan on Sunday announced that the movement’s members Bassel Jomaa and Hassan al-Haddad were killed in Saturday night’s explosion that targeted "a Hamas office that also has sleeping quarters for bodyguards."
"Hassan Saeed al-Haddad, 21, and Bassel Ahmed Jomaa, 26, were martyred in Saturday night’s explosion," Hamdan said.
Hamdan identified the pair as "senior bodyguards."
But he refused to speculate on the reasons behind the blast or who was behind it, echoing remarks made earlier by Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha on Dubai-based Al-Arabiya television. Taha also said three people were wounded.
"The circumstances of the explosion are unclear and it is too early to name the party" responsible, Taha said.
Military Judge Rahif Ramadan and the concerned security services examined Haret Hreik’s explosion site, according to state-run National News Agency.
The explosion resulted from a 15 kilograms TNT bomb that was planted in an underground office and led to the death of two and the injury of another two, according to examinations.
The explosion came on the eve of the climax of Ashoura.
Thousands of Lebanese Shiites gathered in the southern suburbs of Beirut on Sunday to mark the end of 10 days of rituals marking the Shiite holy day of Ashoura.
Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addressed the crowd in a speech broadcast by videolink but did not mention Saturday’s blast.
An AFP photographer said late on Saturday that the blast occurred in an alley in Harek Hreik, meters away from a community center where Hizbullah was organizing a ceremony to commemorate Ashoura.
Witnesses said that local Hamas official Ali Baraka has an office in the area where the blast occurred.(Naharnet-AFP)