On Sunday night a bomb exploded in Beirut, targeting the main Blom Bank. Two people were reportedly injured in the incident, which has been linked to Hezbollah.

From teleSUR

Explosion Rocks Popular Tourist Spot in Beirut

A loud explosion has been heard in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, with a resident of the city telling teleSUR the blast happened at a bank near one of the most popular tourist spots.

The explosion was heard near the residential Ras Beirut neighborhood, according to local journalist Kareem Chehayeb, “very close to Hamra Street, which has the American University of Beirut, pubs and is very crowded.” Early reports suggest the target was a bank in the area.

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From Reuters

Lebanon PM says bank bombing harms national security

Lebanon’s prime minister said on Monday a bomb attack at a major bank had harmed national security after an incident seen as a dangerous escalation of a crisis over a U.S. law targeting the finances of Shi’ite group Hezbollah.

The bombing outside the main Blom Bank building in Beirut on Sunday night, which caused damage but no fatalities, followed the closure of accounts considered to be linked to the group by banks afraid of being shut out of the international financial system. Noone has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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From Bloomberg

Blom Bank Was Target of Beirut Blast, Interior Minister Says

Lebanon’s Blom Bank was the target of Sunday’s bombing attack in Beirut, the country’s interior minister said, raising questions about whether it was connected to a U.S. law targeting Hezbollah’s finances. The bank’s chairman said it was too soon to assign blame.

“The bomb was right by the bank’s wall, so there is no question about it,” Nouhad Al Mashnouq said in a telephone interview. While he stopped short of directly blaming the Iranian-backed militant group for the attack, he said he expects banks would “implement the law to the letter.”

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