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  HOME | Chile

Chairman of Chilean State Copper Company Hurt by Parcel Bomb

SANTIAGO – The chairman of the board of Chilean state copper giant Codelco suffered non-life-threatening injuries on Friday from the detonation of a parcel bomb sent to his home in Santiago.

Oscar Landerretche, 44, received injuries to his stomach and arm when the bomb went off, President Michelle Bachelet told reporters.

While the original police report said that it was Landerretche’s wife, Patricia Medrano Vera, who bore the brunt of the explosion, Bachelet said the only injuries were to the Codelco chairman.

“This is truly unacceptable,” the president said of the attack, though she declined to describe it as a terrorist act without more information.

Radio stations said that the gift-wrapped parcel was delivered to the Landerretche-Medrano residence by a woman. The return address was the University of Chile, according to those accounts.

Codelco issued a statement “drastically condemning” the attack.

Claudio Orellana, the special prosecutor who investigated a series of bombings in Santiago in 2014 that were blamed on members of an anarchist group, will be part of the team looking into the attack on the Codelco chairman.

Raimundo Espinoza, the worker representative on Codelco’s board, was unhurt in a bombing at his home in northern Chile.

Codelco is the world’s largest producer of copper, Chile’s main export.

 

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