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Hand grenade found among donations

A hand grenade was found among the donations sent to the Association of the Beatitudes, a shelter that serves the elderly, orphaned children, and the homeless in Peru.

Father Omar Sánchez Portillo, secretary general of Cáritas Lurín and its director said the package with the explosive was left last weekend at the collection centre in the Miraflores district in Lima.

However, it took two days for the grenade to be discovered by a volunteer at the association’s headquarters in Tablada de Lurín.

“At least 100 people could have been in danger,” Sánchez told local media.

“In fact, in the area where we put things, 30 ladies work at a time as volunteers helping to sort out the clothes, and the box was in their midst,” he noted.

The priest said that when he received the news of the explosive at the hospital visiting a patient, he asked the association’s volunteers to isolate the device to avoid any accident.

“They put it there. I arrived and I removed the grenade myself,” he said, adding that they called the Explosives Deactivation Unit of the National Police.

So far, local authorities have not found those responsible for the possible attack. 

Source: Catholic News Agency

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