Bomb explodes in Santiago subway, at least 7 injured
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Bomb explodes in Santiago subway, at least 7 injured

A bomb has exploded near a subway station in the Chilean capital, injuring at least seven people.

Fire Department Commander Ivo Zuvic García says the injuries were caused by fragments in a fire extinguisher located in front of a food stall at the Escuela Militar subway stop.

Emergency service physician Fernando Zapata says the injured people included a woman who lost some fingers on one hand.

The Chilean government has condemned the incident as a “terrorist act” and vowed to track down those responsible, invoking an anti-terrorism law that dates back to the Pinochet dictatorship. The law makes allowances for special circumstances including longer sentences and pre-trial detention.

At least 28 bombs have exploded across Santiago so far this year. Some anarchist groups have claimed responsibility for earlier blasts, demanding freedom for two anarchists imprisoned in Spain.

Additional reporting by Associated Press