October 6, 2005

Small bombs target US interests in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Reuters) - Three homemade bombs
exploded on Thursday at two Citibank branches and a Blockbuster
video store in Argentina in what appeared to be a protest
against U.S. President George W. Bush's visit next month,
police said.

No one was hurt in the early morning explosions in towns
outside the capital, Buenos Aires, although damage at the
Blockbuster was considerable.

Pamphlets against Bush were found in the debris, signed by
unknown groups including the "Che Guevara Anti-Imperialist
Commando," said Oscar Rodriguez, police chief in the suburb of
San Miguel.

U.S. interests, particularly banks, are often targeted in
Argentina by groups that plant small bombs on the eve of visits
by U.S. or International Monetary Fund officials.

Bush will visit the coastal Argentine city of Mar del Plata
on November 4-5 for a summit of heads of state of the Americas.

Last week police said they had found a locker at a bus
station containing old grenades and a copy of the Koran and
maps of Mar del Plata. Police said it was the work of amateurs.

A poll last month showed that six out of ten Argentines
disapprove of Bush. Many Argentines feel the United States
blocked a badly needed financial-aid package during a 2001
economic crisis.