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Bomb Damages McDonald’s in Brazil

October 18, 2001

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) _ A bomb exploded outside a McDonald’s restaurant in downtown Rio early Thursday, shattering windows and knocking out ceiling panels, police said. No one was hurt.

Police said the bomb contained dynamite and apparently was homemade. It was left in a knapsack outside the restaurant in the heart of Rio’s financial district and exploded at around 3:30 a.m.

The restaurant was closed at the time, and two workers on the second floor were not injured, police said. The damage was considered slight and the restaurant was to reopen Thursday afternoon.

There was no apparent reason for the bombing. Political violence practically disappeared with the collapse of Brazil’s 21-year military regime in 1985.

``The act doesn’t seem related to international organizations, but rather to some backyard agitator,″ Rio de Janeiro State Security Chief Josias Quinbtal told the government news agency, Agencia Brasil.

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