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Four killed in Bolivia bomb attack: government

AFP  |  La Paz 

A bomb triggered a blast that killed four people during celebrations in the Bolivian city of Oruro, police said today.

said a device packed with three kilograms of dynamite exploded late yesterday, killing bystanders.

"We have four people killed and nine injured," said Mendoza, adding that the blast occurred in a street near the scene of an even deadlier explosion on Saturday that killed eight people.

Initially, a said that explosion was likely caused by a street vendor's

Following the second blast, army units patrolled the streets of the said: "We are sure that this is a criminal attack."

said authorities were now considering "the possibility that the two explosions are coordinated events."

Three suspects have been arrested, said, without giving further details.

Traces of ANFO, an industrial explosive widely used in the mining industry, were also found at the site of the latest blast, authorities said.

Evo Morales, in a statement on Twitter, said the South American country had been plunged into mourning.

"Very saddened and concerned because we have a tragedy again, and the death of innocent bystanders in has our country in mourning after another explosion," he wrote.

The northwestern Bolivian city is known for its cobblestone streets and colourful celebrations that attract as many as half a million visitors to the city.

Thousands of people had danced along a four-kilometre circuit of streets during the festivities on Tuesday.

Today, the city's university and schools located near the incidents remained closed.

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 07:00 IST