Chile Bomb Attack Injures Eight in Santiago Metro Station

A bomb attack in a metro station in the Chilean capital, Santiago, injured eight people, said government spokesman Alvaro Elizalde.

The explosion at the Escuela Militar station occurred shortly after 2 p.m. local time and “has all the characteristics of a terrorist act,” Elizalde told reporters. Two of the victims have serious, though not life-threatening, injuries, Max Ekdhal, a doctor at Las Condes clinic, told reporters.

The explosion is the latest in a series of attacks on banks, police stations, churches and other sites in Santiago over the past few years. The attacks typically take place late at night and rarely injure anyone. The only fatality was the anarchist Mauricio Morales, who was killed by his own bomb in 2009. Countries including the U.S., the United Kingdom, Canada, Belgium and Australia in July issued travel warnings over the explosions.

“Chile is not an unsafe country; this act was committed by a group of demented criminals,” Deputy Interior Minister Mahmud Aleuy told reporters today.

The bomb was placed by “two young people” and the “general characteristics” of the car they escaped in had been identified, Aleuy said. Interior Minister Rodrigo Penalillo said the bomb was placed in a waste-paper bin.

The government will assign all the necessary resources to the investigation to make sure those responsible are caught, Penalillo said.

“The government won’t rest until the assassins are behind bars,” he said.

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