Two bombs explode in Ecuador capital
QUITO, Ecuador -- Two small bombs exploded in Ecuador's capital within
hours Thursday, one in front of Congress and the other a few feet from the
government palace. There were no reported injuries or damage.
National Police Chief Jorge Molina told reporters that fliers attributed
unknown group calling itself MRA were found at the site of the explosion outside
the Congress building in Quito.
The fliers demanded that the government provide better economic conditions
the people," Molina said in a news conference before the second explosion.
Papers with the name of a small student protest movement, the Group of
Combatants, were seen at the site of the second explosion, which occurred outside
the presidential palace in Quito's main plaza, witnesses said.
Molina said fliers from the MRA group were found at the site of a small
Tuesday in front of the National Finance Corporation, a state-run financing
organization. There were no injuries in that incident either.
Police were investigating two young men who apparently fled the scene of
"We are not going to allow the presence of terrorist groups," Molina said.
There are no known guerrilla groups in Ecuador, although authorities said
month they were investigating the possible presence a rebel group calling itself the
Revolutionary Amazonian Combatants near the Colombian border.
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