Be Aware while in Santiago
Travelers and residents have been asked to be extra vigilant as they move around the capital city of Santiago. This request comes after seven people were injured on Monday when an explosive device detonated in a crowded subway station. Authorities are viewing it as a terrorist act given the placement of the bomb at a fast-food restaurant near a popular shopping district in Las Condes.
No Travel Warnings Issued
Chile is one of the safest countries in South America. Extreme acts of violence are quite rare. Recently, President Michelle Bachelet has seen a drop in her popularity. So the escalation in acts of violence may be the result of discord among anarchists groups. However, no one has stepped forward to claim responsibility for the bombings.
There have been no travel warnings by the US Embassy, although there has been a rise in the number of explosives in Santiago. As such, if you are traveling to the Santiago region, you should increase your awareness while moving around the city center. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind when you are traveling.
Previous Acts of Violence
Back in July, an explosive device denoted outside a church but thankfully no one was hurt. Another device was nearby but authorities were able to defuse it. According to ABC News, at least 28 bombs have been found across Santiago so far this year. Many have not exploded while others have caused injury. Authorities have also reported an increase in the number of fires set to public transportation vehicles. Due to the upsurge in occurrence and the randomness, the potential harm to citizens is a concern.
Know Before You go
If you will be traveling to Santiago, then you should check the US Department of State website for travel advisory updates.Tags: Chile, Safety Tips Abroad, Travel Safety, Travel Tips