Bomb hits British embassy in Chile
London Telegraph | July 16, 2007
A small package has been detonated outside the British Embassy in Santiago, Chile, causing limited damage to some of the buildings. There are no reports of casualties.
The blast struck the British Embassy and the neighbouring Israeli Embassy at around 10pm local time. Police believe a quantity of gunpowder was detonated.
Windows were broken and doors dented, a police spokesman told CNN.
A Foreign Office spokesman said it wasn't immediately clear whether or why the embassy had been targeted.
"We share the area with a number of other buildings, including the Israeli embassy, a tobacco company, banks and other things," he said.
He said the embassy had not received any threats, and that an investigation was under way.
The Foreign Office website says 50,000 British tourists visit Chile annually and the threat from terrorism is low.
The website warns there are occasional acts of low-level domestic terrorism by left-wing groups, such as the exploding of noise bombs, but these have not been directed against foreigners.
The blast comes two weeks after failed car bombings in London and Glasgow.
Authorities in Britain briefly raised the national threat level to "critical", but it has since been lowered back to "severe", meaning that an attack is highly likely.
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