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Two Police Hurt As Bomb Explodes In Courthouse

June 12, 1985

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) _ A bomb exploded Wednesday in a federal courthouse in the city of Rosario, injuring two police explosives experts and causing heavy damage, a police spokesman said.

The bomb, estimated to contain a pound of plastic explosive, blew up at 8:30 a.m. in a second-floor bathroom of the courthouse, said Edgardo Fiori, a Santa Fe provincial police spokesman.

Rosario, the country’s second largest city after Buenos Aires, is 200 miles north of the capital.

An anonymous phone call made to a criminal judge in the courthouse alerted authorities to the bomb, said Fiori.

The two explosives experts found the bomb and were examining it when they realized it was about to go off, Fiori said.

″They were trying to get out when it exploded,″ he said.

The two men, identified as Sgt. Aldo Fontana and Cpl. Angel Senatore, suffered severe concussions and other injuries. They were reported in stable but serious condition at a hospital.

Fiori said no one had claimed responsibility for the bomb, and police do not know who set it.

Both right- and left-wing terrorist groups periodically set off bombs and launch other terrorist attacks in Argentina.

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