Explosive materials were set off outside the door of the European Union’s branch in Argentina, located in an expensive neighbourhood. Early police reports said the explosion only caused superficial damage and that there were no injuries.
The explosion took place between 2.45 am and 3 am Tuesday at the entrance to the Argentine branch of the European Union, in the centre of the city of Buenos Aires.
As a result of the incident, damage was caused to the front door of the building, and to three windows and a side garage.
Police officers from Police Station 17 and the Bomb Squad, alongside the Federal Police’s fire brigade, SAME ambulance staff and a Metrogas van were all working at the scene to try to determine the exact causes of the explosion. No injuries were reported.
The pre-dawn blast occurred after two people left a backpack outside the office, a security guard told authorities.
Relations between Argentina and the EU have been roiled by Buenos Aires’ recent decision to nationalize oil company YPF, a unit of Spanish giant Repsol.