SAN SALVADOR – At least five people were injured when a grenade exploded after it was thrown by unknown attackers into a bar in downtown San Salvador, the National Civil Police, or PNC, reported, adding that it is investigating whether the incident was gang-related.
A PNC official said that two women and three men were wounded on Saturday night when the M-67 grenade was tossed into the bar.
The official did not comment on the motives or identities of the possible attackers but added that the PNC was investigating if the strike was related to the ongoing “war” among gangs in the capital for control of turf or perhaps to the possible refusal of the bar owner to submit to extortion.
According to local newspaper El Diario de Hoy, a woman suffered injuries to her lips and neck, and doctors had to perform reconstructive surgery on her, while the rest of the injured suffered wounds in the thorax.
The paper reported that the attackers came to the site riding on a motorcycle and in another vehicle.
Local media also reported that another unexploded grenade was found near the bar.
Last December, one man died and at least 14 other people were wounded when a grenade exploded in a videogame arcade also located in the central part of the capital.