October 23, 2007
Small explosions targeted the Venezuelan mission in Bolivia. There were no injuries and only minor damage.
SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia --
(AP) -- Unknown assailants tossed sticks of dynamite at the Venezuelan consulate in this eastern city early Monday, while others hurled gasoline bombs at the residence of Cuban doctors, government officials said.
No one was injured and the explosions, which are being investigated, caused only minor damage, said Col. Enrique Urquidi, Santa Cruz director of the Bolivian national police. ''We condemn these type of violent, cowardly actions designed to create a climate of tension, anxiety, and terror in the country,'' said presidential spokesman Alex Contreras.
A center of opposition to leftist President Evo Morales, Santa Cruz chafes at his close ties to socialist governments in Venezuela and Cuba and is pushing for greater local autonomy.
Some international flights to Santa Cruz's airport, Bolivia's busiest, were grounded last week in a dispute between local authorities and the Morales administration over landing fees.
Last year, anti-Morales factions in Santa Cruz fired gunshots at the home of a government minister and offices of nonprofit groups sympathetic to his administration