LIMA – A Peruvian police officer was injured on Monday when a hand grenade exploded at the entrance to a school in Lima, in a suspected case of extortion of the kind that has occurred repeatedly in the Peruvian capital during recent months, local media reported.
The officer of the Explosives Deactivation Unit, or UDEX, of the National Police suffered wounds to his hands when he tried to deactivate the grenade at the door of Cristo Salvador School in the Villa El Salvador district.
Minutes before, another grenade exploded nearby under a pickup truck, which put school authorities on the alert, according to the Web site El Comercio.
Students at the school were evacuated before the second detonation, but there were still parents and workers around the premises.
Rafael Calvo, head of the South Lima Fire Department, said on Radio RPP Noticias that the cop who was wounded while handling the grenade was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
According to preliminary investigations, this was one more case of suspected extortion against private school authorities by common criminals, as have occurred at several schools in the San Juan de Lurigancho district, Lima’s most densely populated area, and even against a circus while a crowd was watching the show.