LIMA – A grenade explosion on Tuesday damaged the building of a financial institution and some homes in the upscale Miraflores district of Lima, spread alarm among the population and mobilized security forces.
Witnesses told local media that the explosive device was detonated by an unknown person before dawn Tuesday at the entrance to the Credi Chavin financial agency at the beginning of downtown Tarata Street.
The agency suffered broken windows and damage to the main entrance, while the shock wave also caused minor damage to some nearby homes and stores. No injuries were reported.
Agents of the Serenazgo municipal police of Miraflores reported that at first it seemed a gas cylinder had exploded, but later police found the triggering pin of the grenade.
Interior Minister Jose Luis Perez Guadalupe said there are no indications that this was an attack by some subversive group, though the fear that gripped local residents recalled the attacks of Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) terrorists.
In July 1992, Shining Path militants detonated two car bombs on Tarata Street that left 20 dead and hundreds wounded.
The director general of the National Police, Gen. Jorge Flores Goicochea, said that the Counterterrorism Administration, or Dircote, sees no relation between this incident and the way terrorist organizations work.
“Investigations are underway. The videos taken by security cameras near the explosion site will be handed over to the National Police to determine who was responsible for the attack. I ask everyone to remain calm,” said the mayor of Miraflores, Jorge Muñoz.