Sporting KC player Soony Saad safe after explosion in Beirut

At least 20 people were killed and dozens more injured after twin bombs exploded near the Iranian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday morning.  

Caught up in the middle of the terror is Sporting Kansas City player Soony Saad.

Saad is in Lebanon playing for its national team in a match against Iran.

Saad first tweeted around 3 a.m. Kansas City time, saying "2 explosions less than 2 miles away from me."

41 Action News' Syed Shabbir reached out to Saad on Twitter, and Saad told Syed that he was pretty close to the explosions but fortunately he was not hurt.

Saad responded to Syed saying, "doing fine thank you. Can't find a way to call you but things have settled down a bit. Game is still on at the moment."

Saad continued the conversation through direct message, saying, "Things are okay. Heard 2 explosions and didn't think much of it and then my family was asking if I was okay. Saw ambulance right outside my hotel and didn't know what was going on. Saw some smoke about less than a mile away. My grandma lives right next to the embassy, so I was scared at first. Everyone is okay but there are still people have tragically lost there (sic) lives."

Syed then asked him about security for the match, and Saad responded, "I'm sure security will be tight. Especially since we are playing Iran and the bombs were right around the Iranian embassy."

The match is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. central time.

Saad is expected to head back to Kansas City on Wednesday.

Stay with 41 Action News and as we continue to follow this developing story.

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