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Powerful blast outside Beirut bank

Powerful blast outside Beirut bank

There have been no reports of casualties so far

Beirut was hit by a powerful blast on Sunday evening, with no casualties reported in the incident.

The explosion reportedly took place on a mostly empty street in the Verdun district outside Blom Bank at 8pm.

Two people suffered minor injuries in the blast, the Lebanese Red Cross said.

“Politically it is clear that target was Blom Bank only,” Lebanese interior minister Nohad Machnouk said.

While there has been no official confirmation, The Daily Star newspaper quoted an unnamed source as saying that the explosive device weighed about five kilogrammes. According to reports, the device was placed under a car.

Images circulating on social media showed severe damage in the area.

The explosion took place during iftar time, as people were breaking their fast.

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