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Bolivia: Second deadly explosion in Oruro February 13 /update 1

Second deadly explosion in less than a week hits Oruro, Bolivia, on February 13

14 févr. 10h47 UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 10/2/2018, 12h00 until 14/2/2018, 11h59 (America/La_Paz). COUNTRY/REGION Oruro
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An explosion occurred in the city of Oruro on Tuesday, February 13, around 18:40 (local time), killing four people and injuring another ten. Three people have been detained in connection with the explosion, which occurred on Rajka Backovic Street.

This incident comes on the heels of another explosion that hit the city on February 10, during carnival celebrations. A street vendor’s gas canister exploded near the carnival route, killing eight and wounding some 50 others. The incident was believed to have been an accident. 

According to the police, the characteristics of the two explosions appear different, but they are not ruling out the possibility that they are connected. An investigation is ongoing.


Individuals in Bolivia, and in Oruro in particular, are advised to report any suspicious objects or behavior to the relevant authorities.

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