Explosion hits bank in Argentina, no casualties

A home-made explosive device exploded in front of a bank in Buenos Aires on Tuesday, damaging windows and an ATM of the bank but causing no casualties.

Police said in a statement that the explosion occurred at 1:48 a.m. local time (0448 GMT) in a building in front of the Justice Palace and some 300 meters away from the Colon Theater.”

Police said the damage was “severe” and the explosion “completely destroyed the windows at the entrance of the bank and the ATM.”

There were no victims, but police said the explosion occurred in the streets that have been under absolute control since Friday because of Independence Day celebrations.

At the moment of the explosion, a dancing show was underway in a street less than 500 meters away from the bank.

The Chilean anarchist movement “Revolutionary Cells Mauricio Morales Brigade” claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they did it to oppose the celebrations.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on Tuesday inaugurated the closing ceremony of the celebrations of Independence Bicentenary, which began last Friday in Buenos Aires. More than 1 million people participated in the celebrations.

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