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US Citizen Arrested in Fatal Hotel Bombings in Bolivia


Bolivian authorities have detained a U.S. citizen and his Uruguayan girlfriend in connection with Wednesday's deadly bombings of two budget hotels in the capital, La Paz.

American Lestat Claudius de Orleans and Alda Ribeiro of Uruguay were arrested in the nearby city of El Alto hours after the attacks.

A Bolivian man and woman were killed when the first bomb exploded late Tuesday night. An American woman was among several people injured.

The second blast occurred four hours later at a nearby hotel. Police managed to evacuate the hotel before the explosion. Both hotels were destroyed.

Police say the two suspects were planning to bomb the Chilean consulate later this week.

Bolivian President Evo Morales called the bombings an attack on his country's democracy, and accused the U.S. of sending terrorists into Bolivia.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.