A terrorist group calling itself the Insurrectionist Federation has reportedly taken credit for the recent bombing of the University of the Andes in reprisal for a decision of the Chilean Supreme Court prohibiting the distribution of the abortifacient [so-called] “morning after pill”.
The bomb detonated in a university bathroom on April 23.
Although no one was hurt, ACI Prensa reports that the bathroom suffered severe damage, contrary to media reports that the device was just a “noise bomb”.
“They say it’s just a ‘noise bomb’ but in reality the bathroom was destroyed and if anyone had been there they would have been killed or injured,” a university source told ACI Prensa.
The report, which originated with Chile’s Radio Cooperativa, was based on an email message sent to Chilean authorities.
“Credit for the attack has been claimed in relation to the debate which has existed in our society regarding methods of avoiding contraceptives,” said Xavier Armendáriz, a federal prosecutor, in an interview with Radio Cooperativa.
The Chilean Supreme Court struck down the government’s policy as unconstitutional, because it violates the right to life guaranteed in the nation’s charter document.
The attack was carried out against the University of the Andes because one of the court’s judges has an affiliation with the institution, according to ACI Prensa.
[27Apr08, PharmFacts E-News Update, MC Hoffman, Santiago