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Chile Probes Blast at Zionist Center


At the Jewish community’s request, police in the Chilean city of Concepcion have launched a second investigation into an explosion that rocked the Zionist Center there last month.

The explosion occurred the morning of April 16, a few hours after the second Passover seder, and injured the center’s two caretakers, according to reports received here by the World Jewish Congress.

The blast reportedly destroyed windows and started a fire.

Police initially concluded that the blast happened in the building’s heating equipment after a buildup of liquid gas.

But Chile’s Jewish community requested a more thorough investigation.

According to news accounts, one of the caretakers said the center had received daily phone threats from neo-Nazis.

Juan Burotto, president of the Jewish community, reportedly said he would not rule out the possibility of anti-Zionist violence.

Concepcion, about 300 miles south of Santiago, is Chile’s third largest Jewish community.

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