Blast rocks south Lebanon restaurant

An explosion tore through a restaurant in the southern Lebanese town of Tyre at dawn on Wednesday.

Updated: Dec 28, 2011, 14:56 PM IST

Blast rocks south Lebanon restaurant
Tyre: An explosion tore through a
restaurant in the southern Lebanese town of Tyre at dawn
on Wednesday, just a few metres from a hotel that was bombed last
month, a security source said.

The explosion, which happened at around 5:00 am local
time (0830 IST), was caused by a two kilogram bomb made of TNT
that was left on the staircase of the seaside Tyros
restaurant. There were no injuries.

The establishment is close to the Queen Elissa Hotel,
whose nightclub was the target of a bombing attack on November
16. There were no victims in that attack and no one has
claimed responsibility.

A nearby liquor store was targeted the same night.
There was speculation the establishments were targeted
for selling alcohol in the majority Shiite Muslim town, after
a string of liquor stores were forced to close in the face of
a prohibition campaign in the country`s south.

The Tyros restaurant also sold alcohol, which is widely
available in Lebanon, considered the most liberal country in
the Arab world.

Alcohol is banned, however, in areas under the control of
the militant Shiite group Hezbollah and radical Sunni
movements.

Earlier this month, a powerful bomb struck a UN
peacekeeping vehicle in Tyre, wounding five French soldiers
and a civilian.

PTI