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Blast Damages Venezuela Telecoms Agency After Raid

A grenade blast damaged the headquarters of Venezuela’s state telecommunications agency late Friday after its inspectors had confiscated broadcasting equipment from a private television channel critical of the government, officials said. Communications and Information Minister Jesse Chacon said no one was hurt in the blast at the Caracas offices of the Conatel agency, which he said occurred around midnight Friday. “Two persons on a motorcycle threw a grenade,” Chacon told state television. There were no independent witnesses of the incident but a Reuters photographer said the glass entrance door of the Conatel building had been blown in and there were shrapnel marks around the entrance. In an unusual move, a Communications and Information Ministry official telephoned a Reuters correspondent at home to advise there had been an explosion. Full Story

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