LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) — A miner with dynamite strapped to his belt detonated the explosives inside Bolivia’s Congress on Tuesday, killing himself and two senior police officers, state television said.
At least six other people were injured after the miner, who was angry over unpaid pensions, entered a side door to the Congress and walked through a corridor before setting off the dynamite, politicians and police officials said.
The incident came as President Carlos Mesa tries to ease tensions in Bolivia after October’s deadly national revolt by farmers, workers and miners. Dozens of poor Indians died in the revolt that led to the ouster of President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada.
Mesa, who works in the nearby government palace in the historical center of La Paz, had left the area 15 minutes earlier to watch a soccer match and was unharmed, officials told local media.
The police officials spent over an hour trying to dissuade the miner from blowing himself up, officials said.