March 23, 2006

Bombings in Bolivia

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Update 2:

This is getting better and better. Eduardo and Jonathan of Barrio Flores and JBB&P, respectively, have conducted some ivestigative work on the two suspects and have uncovered interesting info. Check the comments section on this post and pay a visit to Barrio Flores.

I really hope the police are googling his name, whatever it is. I just did a quick search on that name Eduardo gives us on his update and even found an address on the guy in Diamond Springs, CA, in a post looking for a female from Uruguay, Argentina, Colombian, Spain and Italy. He's even got an ebay profile.

Amusing, that's all!

Update 1:

There is more information about the bizarre bombings in La Paz, Bolivia. According to information in El Diario, the alleged perpatrators are: Lestat Claudius de Orleáns y Montevideo y and his Uruguayan girlfriend, Alda Rebeiro Acosta (Photo of the two here). The two checked-in, first, into the Riosinho II motel, about four days before the bombings. The hotel administrator said that he had seen them very nervous that same night (March 21). He remembers the couple arrived at the hotel that night very late (around 11.30 pm) and they seemed agitated. The at 1.30 am both asked the administrator to open the door because she was sick and they wanted to go to a hospital in El Alto. That is how they got away. The administrator however did not got suspicious and took note of the taxi's license plate. He then passed this info to the police.

Sometime after they left, the police arrived at the motel and asked about the couple. The administrator told them they had left, but they weren't convinced. They tried to enter the room but couldn't. From a broken window, the police and the administrator could see smoke and a spark on its way to the bathroom. They then proceeded to empty the building.

Thanks to that info on the taxi, both are in custody as we speak and have made headlines around the world already. A list of those headlines you can find below.

The following links are from Yahoo alerts service:

American Jailed in Deadly Bolivia Bombings
AP via Yahoo! News Wed, 22 Mar 2006 6:54 PM PST
An American man and his Uruguayan girlfriend were arrested Wednesday after bombs severely damaged two low-budget hotels in Bolivia's capital, killing two people and injuring at least seven.

American Jailed in Deadly Bolivia Bombings
ABC News Wed, 22 Mar 2006 7:28 PM PST
American Man and His Uruguayan Girlfriend Jailed in Bolivia Bombings That Killed Two People

Two die in Bolivia hotel bombings
CNN.com Wed, 22 Mar 2006 6:23 AM PST
LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) -- Bomb blasts rocked two small hotels in the center of the Bolivian city of La Paz, killing two people, and officials said on Wednesday they had arrested two foreign suspects.

American admits to bombings in Bolivia
The Star-Ledger Wed, 22 Mar 2006 10:16 PM PST
LA PAZ, Bolivia -- Twin bomb blasts tore through two budget hotels and killed two people in La Paz overnight, and Bolivian police said a 27-year-old American admitted carrying out the attacks yesterday.

American held in Bolivia blasts
Kansas City Star Thu, 23 Mar 2006 0:13 AM PST
LA PAZ, Bolivia — Bolivian police Wednesday arrested an American and a Uruguayan woman thought to be his wife in connection with explosions that killed two persons and injured seven at two hotels.

In Unruly Bolivia, Orchestra's Chief Wields Baton Against the Brickbats
Forward Wed, 22 Mar 2006 11:35 PM PST
LA PAZ, Bolivia — Dozens of street protests have paralyzed downtown La Paz since David Handel first became conductor of the Bolivian National Symphony Orchestra in 1997.

American arrested in connection with hotel bombings in Bolivia
Knight-Ridder Washington Bureau Wed, 22 Mar 2006 4:55 PM PST
LA PAZ, Bolivia - Bolivian police arrested an American and an Uruguayan woman believed to be his wife early Wednesday in connection with a pair of explosions that killed two people and injured seven at two budget hotels in the center of this high-altitude city.

Chile open to ties with Bolivia -- but without conditions
Miami Herald Thu, 23 Mar 2006 0:10 AM PST
(AP) -- The government of Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said Wednesday it wants to renew diplomatic relations with Bolivia, but not if its South American neighbor insists on first resolving its long-standing demand for access to the Pacific Ocean.

Two killed in Bolivia explosions
BBC News Wed, 22 Mar 2006 4:51 AM PST
Two people are killed and five injured in separate blasts at two small hotels in Bolivia's main city, La Paz.

American Arrested After Deadly Blasts at Bolivia Hotels
Fox News Wed, 22 Mar 2006 7:22 AM PST
Police say an American is one of two people arrested after bombs explode inside two low-budget hotels in Bolivia's capital overnight, killing two people and wounding seven.


About the couple, the police alleges that Lestat arrived in Bolivia on May 2005 through Villazón, a city on the border with Argentina. He then proceeded to go to Potosí where he bought a significant amount of dynamite (TNT). He moves on to Sucre, from where he sends a package with TNT and a threat to a Uruguayan judge, some Mr. Barrera. The package never arrived because it was detected by the Bolivian DEA.

In June 2005 he and his girlfriend were arrested for allegedly attempting to blow an ATM at a local bank in the border town of la Quiaca, Argentina. However, they are released later that year on December 2005. On February 2006 he comes back into Bolivia and travels to Cazani, Perú via Copacabana, Bolivia. There he allegedly detonates another bomb.

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Last night at around 9.30 pm and 2 am, there were two explosions which are being called terrorist attacks. The explosions took part in two central neighborhoods ini La Paz.

The first one happened in the Linares motel, close to San Francisco square. It left two dead (a 30 to 35 year old man and a 25 year old woman) and several injured (two 24 year olds, one 26 and a 27 year old women). According to witnesses, a "foreigner" looking man (around 30 years old) checked-in and left minutes before the explosion went off. The police said that it looked like they had used the Israeli explosive material C-4.

The other explosion happened at the Riosinho motel and due to a telephone call warning them of the explosion, the owners could avoid fatalities. Nonetheless, there were two injured.

This kind of news are not unheard in Bolivia, especially in La Paz. But, I am talking about in military rule time. What is prompting these attacks, we can just speculate at this time, but the trend cannot be well viewed.

The authorities are taking precautions and they are setting police guard in all the most important spots around the city.

Other links:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4833100.stm

and La Razón.

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