Daily Israel Report

Kuntar Rumored Hurt in Mystery Blast

Arch-terrorist Samir Kuntar is wounded in possible assassination attempt. Hizbullah: blast was an accident, nobody hurt.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 7/31/2011, 4:50 PM / Last Update: 7/31/2011, 4:58 PM

Lebanese children rally for Kuntar (archive)
Lebanese children rally for Kuntar (archive)
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An explosion shook a building in Dahiyeh, a Hizbullah stronghold in Beirut, on Friday night. Now Lebanese media outlets are reporting that arch-terrorist Samir Kuntar was wounded in the blast, and a second terrorist was killed.

Some media reported the explosion as a terrorist "work accident," while others speculated that Kuntar was the target of an assassination attempt.

Hizbullah refused to allow Lebanese personnel near the site, even after the explosion caused a major fire. Terrorists cordoned off the area and fired in the air to frighten off onlookers.

The group denied rumors of casualties, claiming that the blast had caused property damage alone. Hizbullah blamed the explosion on a faulty gas line.

Kuntar is notorious for the brutal murder of four Israelis, including four-year-old Einat Haran, whom he murdered by smashing her skull after killing her father in front of her. He was also found guilty in the death of two-year-old Yael Haran, Einat's sister, who suffocated to death while hiding from him during the attack.

During his stay in prison he became a folk hero among Hizbullah supporters in southern Lebanon. He was released from prison in 2008 in exchange for the bodies of two Israeli soldiers, and was greeted by massive celebrations and kudos from political leaders in Lebanon and Syria.