Chile: Eight Injured in Subway Explosion

Explosion at a subway station in Santiago, Chile, injures eight in what government calls "an act of terrorism".

Ben Ariel ,

Site of explosion in Santiago, Chile
Site of explosion in Santiago, Chile

An explosion at a subway station in Santiago, Chile, injured eight people Monday, CNN reports.

The explosion happened around 2:00 p.m. local time at the Escuela Militar station in the upper- class neighborhood of Las Condes, said Mario Rozas, spokesman for the Chilean National Police.

Most of the injured were in a restaurant at the metro station, according to CNN.

The victims suffered "sound trauma, three had cuts, one had an exposed fracture and another one had a traumatic amputation of fingers," according to the report.

The victims were from 30 to 65 years old.

CNN Chile reported the explosive device was inside a trash bin in an open area at the metro station.

Subway service has continued operating, but trains are not stopping at the station while police and emergency services work.

The station where the explosion occurred is used daily by about 150,000 commuters.

Álvaro Elizalde, a top government spokesman, called the bombing "an act of terrorism" and said the government will invoke the anti-terrorism law.

"Innocent people have been affected by this reprehensible act that deserves a decisive response. All Chileans should be united in this. The government is coordinating efforts to determine who the perpetrators [are] so that they're brought to justice," Elizalde said, according to CNN.

So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Several explosions have been set off in the Chilean capital in the past few months. Some bombings happened at banks in the middle of the night, and authorities said the motive was robbery.

In July, an explosive device left inside a subway car detonated at the Los Dominicos station, but the explosion happened at the end of the day as the train was finishing its route. The car was empty, and no one was injured.

This is the first time an explosion has been set off in a public place during the day.