Bomb Goes Off at Chile Shopping Mall, No One Hurt

SANTIAGO – No one was injured Thursday when a homemade bomb went off in the underground garage at a shopping mall in the Chilean capital, police said.

Three other bombs were found and defused, according to a report from the Carabineros, Chile’s militarized national police.

Left at the scene were leaflets referring to special prosecutor Alejandro Peña’s case against 15 anarchists accused of carrying out more than a score of bombings over the past few years.

A court in Santiago ordered Tuesday that eight of the 15 suspects in that case be held pending trial.

Six other defendants were allowed to remain at liberty, but ordered not to leave the country and to stay away from each other. The 15th suspect, Gustavo Fuentes Aliaga, is already in jail in connection with other offenses.

The court gave prosecutors 180 days to complete the investigation of the 23 bombings covered by the indictments.

The attacks targeted banks, the offices of foreign companies, embassies, churches and police stations, mainly in Santiago. The sole fatality was an anarchist killed when a bomb exploded as he was transporting it on a bicycle. EFE

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