BUENOS AIRES – A man was subdued and arrested on Wednesday by police after entering the Buenos Aires headquarters of state-run Radio Nacional wearing a belt containing explosives, specifically fireworks, Argentine authorities told EFE.
The incident, in which nobody was injured, occurred at 7:30 a.m. at the broadcaster’s downtown headquarters.
The building security guard, who was not identified, said the suspect entered “smiling and saying good morning” and, once he had approached the guard, “he opened his coat, showed a detonator, explosives and battery,” brandished a knife and asked the guard to give him “my weapon.”
The guard said that since he had no gun and could not defend himself, he felt he had no other option than to let the man enter the building, and he then proceeded to evacuate the site and called the police, who – when they arrived – were able to subdue the man and verified that he was carrying dangerous materials.
The Security Ministry said in a communique that the arrested man is “apparently a journalist” from the northern city of Rosario, and he had in his possession a knife and “fireworks in an explosive belt.”
“The individual ... threatened to detonate the bomb and intimidated journalists of Radio Nacional, but he was subdued and arrested,” said the ministry.
Official news agency Telam reported that during the broadcast of the network’s morning show while the hosts were conducting an interview, at one point they said “we have a small inconvenience,” while shouting could be heard in the background.