Bomb Explodes at Chilean Airline’s Office in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES – A homemade bomb exploded on Wednesday in front of the office of Chile’s LAN Airlines in the southern Argentine city of Neuquen, causing damage but no injuries, police said.

The blast occurred in the early morning hours in downtown Neuquen, capital of the same-named province, when unknown assailants hurled the explosive device at the office and then fled the scene.

Police found some pamphlets from an unknown group that called itself the “Jacinto Araujo Internationalist Rebel Insurrectionist Brigade” and claimed responsibility for the attack, the press reported.

“On the eve of a double bicentennial and the complicity of the Argentine and Chilean states, we decided to launch a new attack on LAN,” the pamphlets said, referring to independence celebrations in those countries in 2010.

They cited the “intensification of coercive mechanisms such as schools and prisons” by these two “repressor states.”

Wednesday’s bomb attack was the second targeting LAN in Argentina, where the airline has operated domestic flights since 2005. The previous attack on Aug. 4 in Buenos Aires also caused no injuries.

Chilean President-elect Sebastian Piñera is the principal shareholder in LAN, but he has pledged to sell his stake in the company. EFE

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