Bomb Explodes Outside Bank in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES – A bomb exploded on Tuesday outside a branch of Banco Nacion, Argentina’s largest bank, in Buenos Aires, causing damage but no injuries, security officials said.

The blast destroyed an ATM and shattered windows at the branch, located 100 meters (109 yards) from a police station in the capital’s financial district.

The bombing was the second targeting Banco Nacion in the past two weeks.

Robbery was not the motive for the attack, security officials said, adding that the bomb was larger than the one that exploded on March 17 at the entrance to the Banco Nacion branch in Belgrano, a neighborhood in the northern section of the capital, shattering windows in the building that houses the bank office.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks on the Banco Nacion branches, while clandestine leftist and nationalist groups have usually claimed responsibility for bombings in recent years.

The offices of several foreign banks have been bombed in recent years, but no one has been injured in the attacks.

Banco Nacion has 525 branches across Argentina. EFE

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