Middle East

Lebanon's interior minister says Beirut blast targeted bank

  • Police investigators remove broken windows from the damaged headquarters building of Blom Bank where a bomb exploded Sunday evening, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, June 13, 2016. Blom Bank has been criticized by some pro-Hezbollah politicians for taking a hard-line position after Lebanese banks began abiding by a U.S. law that sanctions doing business with the militant group. Authorities say dozens of bank accounts related to Hezbollah's organizations have been closed in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Police investigators remove broken windows from the damaged headquarters building of Blom Bank where a bomb exploded Sunday evening, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, June 13, 2016. Blom Bank has been criticized by some pro-Hezbollah politicians for taking a hard-line position after Lebanese banks began abiding by a U.S. law that sanctions doing business with the militant group. Authorities say dozens of bank accounts related to Hezbollah's organizations have been closed in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police investigators carry equipment in front the damaged headquarters building of Blom Bank where a bomb exploded Sunday evening, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, June 13, 2016. Blom Bank has been criticized by some pro-Hezbollah politicians for taking a hard-line position after Lebanese banks began abiding by a U.S. law that sanctions doing business with the militant group. Authorities say dozens of bank accounts related to Hezbollah's organizations have been closed in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Police investigators carry equipment in front the damaged headquarters building of Blom Bank where a bomb exploded Sunday evening, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, June 13, 2016. Blom Bank has been criticized by some pro-Hezbollah politicians for taking a hard-line position after Lebanese banks began abiding by a U.S. law that sanctions doing business with the militant group. Authorities say dozens of bank accounts related to Hezbollah's organizations have been closed in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

  • A police investigator removes broken window panes from the damaged headquarters building of Blom Bank where a bomb exploded Sunday evening, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, June 13, 2016. Blom Bank has been criticized by some pro-Hezbollah politicians for taking a hard-line position after Lebanese banks began abiding by a U.S. law that sanctions doing business with the militant group. Authorities say dozens of bank accounts related to Hezbollah's organizations have been closed in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    A police investigator removes broken window panes from the damaged headquarters building of Blom Bank where a bomb exploded Sunday evening, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, June 13, 2016. Blom Bank has been criticized by some pro-Hezbollah politicians for taking a hard-line position after Lebanese banks began abiding by a U.S. law that sanctions doing business with the militant group. Authorities say dozens of bank accounts related to Hezbollah's organizations have been closed in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

Lebanon's interior minister says the Beirut bomb blast the previous day targeted one of the country's biggest banks, BLOM Bank. But Nouhad Machnouk warned against casting blame before an investigation is completed.

Forensic teams sifted through the explosion area as work crews removed debris Monday in the affluent residential-commercial Beirut quarter where the bombing took place.

The Sunday evening blast wounded one person, destroyed several cars and damaged several floors of the bank's exterior. The bomb went off shortly after the start of the iftar evening meal — when Muslims break their dawn-to-dusk fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. Lebanese pro-Hezbollah politicians have recently criticized the bank for abiding by a U.S. law punishing those doing business with the militant group.