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Hezbollah leader killed

The New York Times reported that Hezbollah’s leader was killed Tuesday night in Damascus, Syria from a car bombing, said Syrian officials.

Imad Mughniyeh, 45, was on the United States most wanted list for a history of terrorist acts. At one point, Mughniyeh had a bounty of $25 million. He was thought to have been involved in the 1983 bombings of the American Embassy in Beirut and hijacking a T.W.A. jetliner in 1985.

Hezbollah announced Tuesday night that a large explosive took place under a sport utility vehicle, killing the occupants of the car and damaging about 10 other vehicles. However, Hezbollah did not confirm who was killed in the explosion.

On Wednesday, the Syrian state news agency announced that Mughniyeh was killed in the blast. There is no news on who partook in the assassination, but the Syrian government is condemning the act.

“Syria, which condemns this cowardly terrorist act, expresses condolences to the martyr family and to the Lebanese people,? Interior Minister Bassam Abdul-Majeed said. (BBC)

Israel officially announced that they did not take part in the killing. In the past, Israel attacked a suspected nuclear site in the Syrian desert.

The BBC reported that the United States was happy over the death of Mughniyeh. In a statement, state department spokesman Sean McCormack said the United States does not know who is responsible for the attack, but applauds what they have done.

“The world is a better place without this man in it,? McCormack said. “He was a cold-blooded killer, a mass murderer and a terrorist responsible for countless innocent lives lost.? (BBC)

Hezbollah said a funeral service will be held in the southern suburbs of Beirut on Thursday.