Friday, August 29, 2014
Bombings Damaging Nerves, Chile's Reputation
Chile's government is worried its reputation as a safe country is being damaged by the recent wave of bombings in the Santiago metropolitan area. A number of bomb threats also is putting people on edge. The U.S., Canada U.K., Australia and Belgium have warned their citizens about the danger of terrorist bombs in Chile. That prompted Chile's top law enforcement official to try to calm foreigners' fears, telling reporters that Chile is a country where visitors don't need to be fearful, and that a massive hunt is on for the bombers. Interior Minister Rodrigo Peñailillo cited Chile's relatively low homicide rate and a coordinated effort to identify suspects. A special prosecutor was appointed. Nearly 30 bombs or incendiary devices have detonated so far this year.