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Damascus attack: Lebanese militant leader Samir Qantar believed killed

Lebanese militant leader Samir Qantar has been killed after a number of rockets hit a building in the Damascus district of Jaramana, according to Syria government loyalists on social media



Qantar’s brother Bassam Kantar paid tribute to him on his Facebook page without giving details about his death. Kantar said his brother was a martyr.

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The militant Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah also confirmed his death.

Syria’s state media, which did not mention Qantar, blamed “terrorist groups” for the Sunday Morning attack and said it caused several casualties.

But government loyalists said the explosions were caused by an Israeli strike that was believed to have killed Qantar, who is reviled in Israel for a 1979 attack that killed four people.

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An Israeli cabinet minister welcomed news of Qantar’s death but stopped short of confirming allegations that Israel was responsible.

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