Tuesday, March 30, 2004
By Steven Taylor

This appears to be a literal suicide bombing, not an attack per se: Man Blows Himself Up in Bolivia Congress

An angry miner with dynamite strapped to his chest blew himself up in Bolivia’s congress Tuesday, killing two police officers and wounding 10 others, authorities said.

La Paz Police Chief Guido Arandia said the suicide bomber whose demand for early retirement benefits underscored the grievances of many low-paid miners in Bolivia stormed into congress around midday and went to a part of the building away from the congressional chambers.

The miner detonated his vest laced with at least five sticks of dynamite as congressional security police tried to negotiate. Arandia said he killed himself and fatally wounded Col. Marbel Flores, head of the congressional security police, and an officer who wasn’t immediately identified. Col. Carlos Za, head of the country’s intelligence service, was critically injured.

Arandia said there was no doubt the man had intentionally blew himself.

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