Apr 12, 2022 07:20 UTC
  • At least one killed, 7 injured in explosion near Lebanon's Sidon

At least one person has been killed and seven others injured in an explosion near the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon, with reports falling short of providing details on the cause of the deadly incident.

Lebanon’s media said the casualties took place in the Bnaafoul district of Sidon in the early hours of Tuesday.

Arabic-language Lebanon 24 news website said the blast caused serious material damage and that the details of what happened are not clear yet.

Lebanon's newspaper an-Nahar reported that the explosion occurred near the Bnaafoul’s municipality building and caused great panic in the area.

Citing an unnamed Lebanese official, Reuters said the blast took place at a scout center affiliated with Lebanon's Amal Movement, an ally of the Hezbollah resistance movement, demolishing the whole building,

Sources said the Lebanese army personnel were searching through the rubble for any further casualties, with one telling Reuters that the explosion was not an act of sabotage, without disclosing further details.

Lebanese users of Twitter shared footage of ambulances in Bnaafoul, in addition to scenes they said were for the moment the explosion occurred in the town.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the incident.