SIDON, Lebanon: An explosion ripped through a liquor store in Sarafand, south Lebanon, at dawn Thursday, causing only material damage.
The 3 a.m. explosion, the second in Sarafand since January 2012, blew the shop door onto the main street. It also shattered windows of a few nearby shops.
Broken liquor bottles littered the shop, on the ground floor of the 10-story Sarafand Center on the main highway between the southern port cities of Sidon and Tyre.
Hasan Asayli, the owner of the store, said the explosion caused minor damage.
"Thank God the bomb inflicted little damage," Asayli told The Daily Star.
Asayli did not make any accusations, but blamed "sick minded people" for the bombing.
The Lebanese Army and crime scene investigators arrived at the scene shortly after sunrise to investigate the blast, the latest in a spate of attacks against outlets selling alcohol.