Police confirm that device found at SENAME was an explosive

No pamphlets or graffiti that could link the attack to a specific group were found at the scene.

16 de Enero de 2009 | 14:53 | El Mercurio Online

SANTIAGO. -  The suspicious object found this morning on the premises of the regional headquarters of the National Children’s Service (SENAME), located at the intersection of Diagonal Suárez Mujica and Pedro de Valdivia in Ñuñoa, was indeed an explosive device.


Major José Muñoz of the 33rd Commissary of Ñuñoa added that the unit received a phone call at eight o’clock this morning and that once the Special Forces Unit (GOPE) arrived on the scene; the situation was appraised and then handled.


According to Beatriz Serrano, a secretary at the building that managed to get a view of the object, the device consisted of tubes connected with cables and a battery wrapped in tape that were inside a paper bag.


Meanwhile, the regional SENAME director, María Elena Parra, stated that 140 people were evacuated from the building and indicated that the evacuation was carried out by implementing an emergency plan that had been previously established.

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