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article imageBomb attack leaves eight injured in shopping mall in Chile

By Igor I. Solar     Sep 8, 2014 in Crime
Santiago - An explosive device detonated this afternoon inside a mall associated with the "Military Academy" Station of the Santiago Metro. The attack left 8 people injured three of them with life-threatening wounds
The explosion occurred near the entrance of a restaurant belonging to the fast food chain "Juan Maestro” located inside the shopping center connected to the access to the Santiago Metro station “Escuela Militar” (Spanish for “Military Academy”. Immediately after the explosion, the station was closed while preliminary investigations were carried out.
The blast occurred at about 14:00 hours and shook the whole shopping arcade. Preliminary observations indicate that the bomb exploded inside a metal dumpster located outside the fast food store causing a loud detonation and lots of smoke, creating panic among passers-by.
The explosion left eight people wounded, which were attended by emergency personnel and sent to nearby medical facilities. According to the initial assessment, three of them were seriously injured with life-threatening wounds. These are a 57 year-old woman, a 36-year-old Venezuelan national, and another person who has not yet been identified. The injuries range from acoustic trauma, amputation of fingers and open fractures.
This attack occurs only a few days after several countries, including the United States, Canada, the UK and Australia, warned the citizens of their respective countries about the risks of explosive devices in Santiago de Chile. On that occasion, Minister of the Interior and Public Security Rodrigo Peñailillo gave a low profile to those warnings calling them exaggerated and unfounded and declaring "Chile is a safe country, Chile is a peaceful country."
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