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Chile: Terrorism

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received of (a) bomb threats in Santiago, Chile since 17 March 2008, (b) the explosion of an incendiary device on 19 March 2008 and (c) the Government of Chile's response to these events; what assessment he has made of these matters; and if he will make a statement. (199211)

A number of institutions in Santiago, including offices and the main court building, received bomb threats in the lead up to 29 March 2008, the anniversary of the 1985 assassination of brothers Rafael and Eduardo Vergara Toledo by the Pinochet regime. At 01.00 local time on 18 March, an explosive device was detonated outside a branch of Banco de Credito e Inversiones in the Providencia district of Santiago. There was extensive damage to the building as a result of the blast but no injuries were reported.

Local anarchist groups have claimed responsibility. The Chilean authorities are investigating the incidents.