Terrorist act leaves 5 dead and many more in critical condition — MercoPress

Ecuador. Terrorist act leaves 5 dead and many more in critical condition

Monday August 15, 2022 – 10:10 UTC

attack also came at a time when President Lasso has to leave the country for medical reasons.”/>
The attack also came at a time when President Lasso has to leave the country for medical reasons.

A bomb attack in the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil has left at least five people dead and around 20 injured, in what the government considers to be the work of organized crime groups.

Guayaquil City Council reported that 10 of the injured were in “critical condition” with “dismemberments in different parts of their bodies”.

The explosive device detonated in the early hours of Sunday when individuals riding motorbikes first fired into the air and then threw a package containing explosives in front of a place where people were eating.

President Guillermo Lasso called the incident a “terrorist act” and issued Executive Order 527 ordering a new state of emergency in Guayaquil.

Interior Minister Patricio Carrillo said it was a declaration of war by organized crime and announced a reward of up to US$10,000 to anyone who provided useful information to find the person responsible. of the attack. So far this year, the Home Office has reported 58 minor terrorist acts.

Ecuador is going through a wave of crime linked to drug trafficking, with decapitated bodies hanging from bridges in the style of Mexican drug cartels. Clashes also reach prisons, where since February 2021 there have been seven massacres with nearly 400 inmates killed.

In this scenario of twice as many murders as in 2020, Lasso must leave the country from August 16 to 21 to seek treatment in Houston, Texas, for a skin condition known as melanoma, it was reported. also announced on Sunday.

Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. Lasso underwent surgery on July 29 in Ecuador for a lesion in his right eyelid that was thought to be basal cell carcinoma, another type of skin cancer. However, the results of the studies indicate that it is a melanoma.

The Head of State indicated that this disease “requires very well-organized interdisciplinary management, exploration and treatment strategies in other international reference hospitals”, for which he would make a personal trip to the United States. United.

“Since it is personal business, I will travel with my own means”, he indicated in this document and repeated in his report to the Ecuadorian media. In June 2021, a month after his inauguration, Lasso underwent surgery in the United States to remove a cyst in his lumbar region.

During Lasso’s absence, Vice President Alfredo Borrero will lead the country.

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