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Catholic Church Damaged by Blast

May 16, 1985

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) _ A bomb shattered masonry and windows of a Roman Catholic parish church in a working class suburb early today, causing extensive damage but no injuries, provincial police said.

The blast at Our Lady of Lujan Church in Sarandi, six miles south of the capital, blew a hole in an attached garage and destroyed an automobile used by the Rev. Antonio Ricardo Maggi, who was asleep in his nearby quarters at the time.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion at the church, which was used a year ago for closed-door meetings to resolve disagreements between government labor officials and the Peronist General Confederation of Labor.

Maggi, whose parish includes several slum areas, had planned to begin providing free meals at the church next week for the children of unemployed people.

The blast followed charges by Interior Minister Antonio Troccoli that rightwing extremist groups are attempting to destabilize the center-left government of President Raul Alfonsin.

Other bombs in recent weeks have destroyed transmission facilities at government-administered Radio Belgrano, which has been criticized by rightist groups for its leftist programming, and damaged the Buenos Aires headquarters of the Movement to Integration and Development, a center-right political party led by former president Arturo Frondizi.

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