Grenade Attack in El Salvador Wounds 1

SAN SALVADOR – A grenade attack on the San Salvador city hall left one person seriously wounded and caused more than $20,000 in damage, Mayor Norman Quijano said Thursday.

According to the mayor, municipal police officer Jose Luis Perez was “seriously wounded” when the M67 fragmentation grenade detonated on Wednesday night.

“We estimate more than $20,000 in damage, and, what certainly has no price is this municipal worker’s life, which is at risk,” Quijano told reporters.

“Criminals” passing themselves off as street vendors angry about being forced off downtown streets were behind the attack, according to the mayor, who urged the vendors not to let themselves be manipulated by “so-called leaders.”

A street vendors leader, Jorge Moran, meanwhile, denied that they had anything to do with the attack, insisting his people are “peaceful” and don’t own any weapons.

“We had absolutely nothing to do with that,” he told the media.

The city hall said in a statement that Thursday’s incident marked the third attack with explosives on municipal facilities since June, when a plan to clear street vendors from the capital’s historic center was launched.

Implementation of the plan has prompted some scuffles between the vendors and police. EFE

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