Lebanese emergency services and citizens gather around a damaged vehicle at the scene of an explosion near a major bank in the western part of the Lebanese capital Beirut late on June 12, 2016.AFP / ANWAR AMRO
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Lebanese politicians and religious leaders called Monday for national unity to foil attempts aimed at destabilizing the country, a day after a bomb attack on one of the biggest banks rattled the banking sector and raised fears of a scheme to undermine the struggling economy.Prime Minister Tammam Salam condemned the "terrorist" bombing, saying it was aimed at undermining economic stability and national security.Speaker Nabih Berri said the blast that targeted BLOM Bank will target Lebanon as well as Hezbollah, and called for Lebanese unity to foil "suspicious schemes". Some banks, including BLOM, froze accounts linked to Hezbollah after U.S. sanctions began targeting the group's finances.Hezbollah has so far kept silent on the bombing.Education Minister Elias Bou Saab rejected accusations that Hezbollah was behind the bombing.Future Movement MP Ahmad Fatfat accused Hezbollah of creating "an appropriate climate" for the Verdun bombing.
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