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Grenade Kills Two At Mexican Embassy

August 14, 1985

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) _ Terrorists tossed a grenade into the Mexican Embassy garden, killing two Guatemalan employees and shattering window panes and causing extensive damage throughout the building Wednesday, the ambassador said.

The Mexican government news agency, Notimex, quoted police investigators as saying the explosive device was a booby-trap, wrapped in rags, and was hurled from the street into the garden.

A fire department official at the scene identified the victims as Heraldo Gamez Soto, 25, hired as a messenger two months before, and Eduardo Roldan Hernandez, 45, a gardener who had been at the mission for several years.

Roldan Hernandez picked up the device to examine it and set off the explosion, which rocked the residential district where the mission is located.

The ambassador said the explosion at 8:30 a.m. wrecked a ground-floor library, damaged the military attache’s office and shattered window panes throughout the building.

″It was an unfortunate action. A grenade exploded and two Guatemalans at the service of the embassy of Mexico lost their lives,″ Ambassador Abraham Talavera told reporters outside the mission building a few hours later.

″There are no material damages that can compensate for the loss of two human lives, both Guatemalans who were at our service,″ Talavera said.

The fire official, police officers and embassy officials said they did not know who carried out the terrorist attack. They asked not to be identified for security reasons.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

An estimated 46,000 Guatemalans, mostly Indian peasants, have fled to Mexico since 1980. Guatemalan officials claim refugee camps in Mexico serve as recruiting centers and safe harbor for leftist guerrillas, which Mexico denies.

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