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Explosion in Santiago, Chile

September 26, 2014

On September 25 at 1 a.m., a homemade bomb exploded in historical downtown Santiago. The man who allegedly built the device was killed as the bomb exploded while he was setting it up. The Chilean authorities have declared this an act of delinquency, based on various factors regarding that individual's behavior, and was not related to terror.

Th explosion happened in Barrio Yungay, in the western part of Santiago; IFSA-Butler students live in the southeastern part of the city.

Our staff in Santiago repeatedly advise students about which areas of Santiago to avoid, and we also emphasize that they should not walk alone at night in certain areas, including downtown Santiago. As an added precaution, we tell students to withdraw money from supermarket and metro ATMs and not in banks, especially at night, where they might be targeted for theft.

Student safety is our top priority, and we will continue reinforcing security precautions throughout the semester. We will continue to keep students, parents and advisors posted about anything of concern that happens in Chile.

 
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