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Monday November 28, 2011

Homemade Bomb Explodes in Santiago De Chile

Homemade Bomb Explodes in Santiago De Chile

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A homemade bomb exploded Monday outside the military prosecutor’s office in Santiago, but no injuries or damage were reported, Chile’s Carabineros militarized police force told Efe.

No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, which occurred at 1:00 a.m., a few hours before the trial of six people accused of setting off 20 bombs between 2006 and 2010 started at the Justice Center.

More than two dozen bombings have been staged in Chile since 2006, targeting banks, large corporations, churches and public buildings.

Responsibility for the blasts is usually claimed by anarchists or anti-globalization groups, some of them linked to Chile’s disgruntled Mapuche Indians.

The six defendants are being tried for planting bombs and financing terrorist activities.

A total of 476 witnesses and 152 experts are slated to be called to testify during the trial, which is expected to last at least six months.

The six defendants are part of a group of 14 people arrested in August 2010 for belonging to anarchist groups.

Prosecutors withdrew the conspiracy charges against 13 of the suspects on Oct. 4, and eight of them were allowed to go free.

A member of one of the anarchist groups linked by authorities to the attacks died in May 2009 when the bomb he was carrying in a backpack exploded while he was riding a bicycle in Santiago, while another anarchist lost a hand, three fingers on his other hand and was partially blinded when a bomb went off as he was preparing to plant it at a bank branch in June.