The acene of the explosion at BLOM bank’s headquarters in Verdun
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Lebanon's banking sector, already at the center of an escalating crisis over U.S. sanctions against Hezbollah, was jolted Sunday when a bomb blew up outside the Beirut headquarters of one of the country's top banks, inflicting heavy material damage but only two minor injuries.AnThe blast did not resemble the deadly explosions that have mostly targeted Beirut's southern suburbs in recent years, the last of which killed more than 40 people in Burj al-Barajneh, an area where Hezbollah is dominant.MP Walid Jumblatt linked the blast to attempts to undermine the Lebanese banking sector after Lebanese banks began complying with a U.S. sanctions law targeting Hezbollah's finances.The two men were later identified as security guards who worked at the bank.Azhari, the head of BLOM Bank, told reporters he had no idea why his bank would be targeted.Some banks in Lebanon, including BLOM, have recently been shutting accounts linked to Hezbollah in light of a recent U.S. sanctions law targeting the group's finances.Azhari said his bank does not discriminate against anyone in Lebanon and that he would wait for investigations to be completed before any judgments can be made over the reason for the blast.
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