Car bomb in Bolivia kills 1, injures 7
LA PAZ, Bolivia (CNN) -- One person died and seven were wounded when a
car bomb exploded in Santa Cruz, authorities said.
The blast, which damaged nearby buildings and broke windows, occurred near
police command headquarters at 2:45 p.m. (1:45 p.m. EST).
A caller to a television station in Santa Cruz said a group called Mejores
Bolivia -- Better Days for Bolivia -- was responsible.
The claim of responsibility would not be independently confirmed. Police
had never heard of the group.
Mauro Bertero, a government spokesman, condemned the blast, calling it
About half an hour after the bomb detonated, police said they found and
another bomb in a Santa Cruz office of the Empresa Nacional de
Telecommunications, the government-owned telephone company.
Authorities speculated the car bomb could be linked to Peruvian terrorists
Bolivia is a major producer of coca, the plant from which cocaine is derived.