From Liberación Total (July 14, 2010): A bomb exploded on the doorstep of the Police Cadet Academy on Tuesday, killing 60-year-old street cleaner José Domingo Maciel, who was working on Calle Fernández Oro. When Maciel tried to move the bag containing the bomb, he inadvertently triggered its detonation mechanism, causing it to explode prematurely.
Minutes later, a phone call alerted police to the presence of a suspicious backpack in the window of the Telefónica offices on Calle Miguel Muñoz. Specialists deactivated another bomb found there.
The explosion that killed Maciel produced a shockwave strong enough to break all the windows on the second floor of the Cadet Academy and damage the doors on the first floor. The blast could also be heard some distance away, including at Criminal Investigation Squad headquarters, which is right next to the officer training center.
When the second bomb was found, the entire area surrounding the Telefónica offices was evacuated.
Shortly thereafter, the Neuquén police Radio Communications Squad received a call alerting them to the presence of another suspicious package at an apartment in the “400 Apartments” building. After an exhaustive search, officials concluded that it was a false alarm.
Meanwhile, police deployed roadblocks throughout the region and carried out sweep operations in different cities.