SAN SALVADOR – Twenty people, including at least four minors, were wounded on Saturday when a grenade exploded in downtown San Salvador, police said.
“There are 20 people wounded, three of them in serious condition,” National Civil Police spokesman Gersan Perez told state-run Radio Nacional de El Salvador, adding that authorities do not yet know who was behind the attack or what the motive may have been.
Among the victims are “four or five wounded children,” Perez said, adding that their condition “is not serious.”
The blast occurred when unknown assailants riding on a motorcycle tossed an M67 fragmentation grenade at a bus parking lot, causing “major damage” to two or three vehicles, Perez said.
According to the spokesman, another undetonated, handmade grenade had been found hours earlier in downtown San Salvador.
Much of the violent crime afflicting El Salvador has been attributed to murderous youth gangs and other criminal outfits, which frequently extort protection payments from bus drivers and owners of transit companies.
At least 12 transit workers have been killed so far in 2010.