One Hurt in Bombing at Chilean Bank

November 3
SANTIAGO – One person was injured and several windows were destroyed when a small bomb exploded at a bank branch in the Chilean capital, police said.

The blast occurred at 2 p.m. at a branch of Banco de Credito e Inversiones inside a Marriott hotel in Santiago’s affluent Las Condes neighborhood.

One person was injured by a piece of flying glass and four windows were shattered.

Police said nobody had claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred when the bank was getting ready to close for the day.

Police explosives experts came to the scene and searched the entire building to rule out the possibility that the perpetrators of the attack could have planted other bombs.

In recent years, more than three dozen bombings have targeted banks, the offices of foreign companies, embassies and police stations in Santiago, with anarchists and anti-globalization groups, some of them linked to Chile’s disgruntled Mapuche Indians, claiming responsibility.

No one has been killed in the bombings. EFE

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