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3 LDS CHAPELS IN CHILE DAMAGED BY BOMB BLASTS

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Bombs exploded at an LDS chapel in Santiago and at two others in other cities, causing damage but no casualties, police reported Sunday.

No one immediately claimed responsibility.Explosions occurred on Sunday in Santiago and Rancagua, a mining city 50 miles south of Santiago, police said. In Santiago, the blast severely damaged a church building in La Florida, a southern suburb, they said.

Early Saturday, a bomb went off at the entrance to an LDS chapel in Quilpue, about 90 miles northwest of Santiago. The blast destroyed the door and shattered windows.

"We're just very grateful no one was hurt. The church officials in Chile will cooperate in the investigation," said Don LeFevre, a church spokesman in Salt Lake City.

Church officials have repeatedly denied the charge of the Commando Lautaro that they are a tool of American imperialism. They point out that most of the 300 missionaries working in Chile are Chileans, not Americans.