October 6, 2005

Four bombs hit US interests in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Reuters) - Four homemade bombs
exploded on Thursday at U.S.-owned banks 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 blasts targeting two
Citibank branches and another belonging to BankBoston outside
the capital, Buenos Aires. But damage at the Blockbuster store
was considerable.

Pamphlets that read "No to Bush in Argentina!" 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.

Vandals also smashed windows at a Ford car dealership,
police said.

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 is set to visit the coastal Argentine city of Mar del
Plata on November 4-5 for a summit of heads of state of the

Government officials said more such attacks could be

"There are sure to be some groups claiming to be
anti-summit or anti-imperialist that will express themselves in
this reprehensible way against the president of the United
States," Interior Minister Anibal Fernandez told reporters.

"We are going to find a way to put an end to it," he added.

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. Authorities said it was the work of

A poll last month showed that six out of 10 Argentines
disapprove of Bush. Many Argentines feel the United States
blocked a badly needed financial aid package during a 2001
economic crisis.