Banks bombed in Buenos Aires

Homemade bombs have killed an Argentinian security guard and damaged two Buenos Aires banks.

    Argentina's 2002 financial crisis left banks deeply unpopular

    The explosions on Wednesday occurred near ATM machines in branches belonging to Citibank and Banco Galicia, damaging the building's facades, officials said.

    The blasts occurred before the banks opened.

    A 38-year-old security guard was killed at a Citibank branch in downtown Buenos Aires.

    Hernan Fernandez, a spokesman for a private ambulance service, confirmed the fatality.

    Police also they also deactivated two explosive devices and at least one officer was injured.

    No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombings.

    Discontent

    Banks remain a flashpoint of public anger following Argentina's 2001-2 economic crisis.

    Billions of dollars in bank accounts held by Argentines were frozen as the government tried to thwart a run on the banks and prop up a tottering financial system.

    Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have filed lawsuits hoping to recover their savings, much of which were forcibly converted from dollars to devalued Argentine pesos. 

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Why Saudi-Israeli normalisation could be dangerous

    Why Saudi-Israeli normalisation could be dangerous

    Apart from being disastrous for Palestine, normalising relations with Israel could get Saudi Arabia in real trouble.

    Gender violence in India: 'Daughters are not a burden'

    Gender violence in India: 'Daughters are not a burden'

    With female foeticide still widespread, one woman tells her story of being mutilated for giving birth to her daughters.

    What is Mohammed bin Salman's next move?

    What is Mohammed bin Salman's next move?

    There are reports Saudi Arabia is demanding money from the senior officials it recently arrested.