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Bomb explodes at Hezbollah-backed minister’s home in Lebanon

Explosive wrapped in electrical wire goes off in garden of Ali Hamieh’s residence in village of Taraya, in crime-ridden Bekaa Valley

Screen capture from video of Ali Hamiyah, Lebanese minister of public works and transport, October 2021. (Via YouTube, used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
Screen capture from video of Ali Hamiyah, Lebanese minister of public works and transport, October 2021. (Via YouTube, used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

BEIRUT — A bomb detonated outside of a Hezbollah-backed Lebanese minister’s home on Thursday in the eastern Bekaa Valley.

The press office of caretaker Public Works Minister Ali Hamieh said in a statement that the explosive wrapped in electrical wires was detonated in his garden outside his home in the village of Taraya.

The statement did not report any casualties or further details.

Hamieh’s spokesperson did not immediately reply to The Associated Press’ inquiry about the incident.

Security forces are currently investigating the matter.

Crime rates are usually higher in the eastern Bekaa Valley than in other parts of Lebanon. Violent crime has soared across the crisis-hit country as it continues to suffer from an economic crisis that has plunged three-quarters of its population into poverty.

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