BEIRUT — A rocket-propelled grenade hit Lebanon's Central Bank on Wednesday, missing the bank governor's office by yards and injuring two people. A previously unknown group claimed responsibility and vowed more attacks on financial targets.
A police spokesman quoted by Beirut radio said the grenade was fired at the bank, in Muslim West Beirut, from the political science department of nearby Lebanese University. The two terrorist gunmen who fired the grenade escaped on a motorcycle, he said.
Two people, including a policeman, were injured in the attack, the spokesman said.
The rocket-propelled grenade hit the fifth floor of the building, he said, missing the office of Edmond Neim, governor of the Central Bank, by just a few yards.
In a telephone call to the state-owned National News Agency a few hours after the attack, the previously unknown Organization of Black Tigers--the People's Forces, claimed responsibility and said it would stage more attacks on those it blames for devaluation of the local currency.