Lebanon's interior minister says Beirut blast targeted bank

AP , Monday 13 Jun 2016

Lebanon blast
Damaged cars at the scene where a bomb exploded near the headquarters building of Blom Bank, in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, June 12, 2016 (Photo: AP)

Lebanon's interior minister says the Beirut bomb blast the previous day targeted one of the country's biggest banks, BLOM Bank. But Nouhad Machnouk warned against casting blame before an investigation is completed.

Forensic teams sifted through the explosion area as work crews removed debris Monday in the affluent residential-commercial Beirut quarter where the bombing took place.

The Sunday evening blast wounded one person, destroyed several cars and damaged several floors of the bank's exterior. The bomb went off shortly after the start of the iftar evening meal — when Muslims break their dawn-to-dusk fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. Lebanese pro-Hezbollah politicians have recently criticized the bank for abiding by a U.S. law punishing those doing business with the militant group.

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