The United states Government has offered its regrets to South Africa over a bomb blast which wrecked part of the South African Consulate in New York on Monday (12 April).
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Background: The United states Government has offered its regrets to South Africa over a bomb blast which wrecked part of the South African Consulate in New York on Monday (12 April).
The bomb, believed to have been a 12-inch (0.3 metre) pipe loaded with scraps of metal, ball bearings, and iron nails, ripped open a wall of the 14th floor office and wrecked the reception area. As the Consulate was closed for the Easter weekend, no one was hurt in the explosion.
It was the second bomb incident at the Consulate offices. Last July, members of the staff discovered a smoking device which they doused in a bucket of water.
Shortly after the explosion a news agency received a telephone call from a man who said that the "Black Panther Revolutionary Assault Team" was responsible. The group's aim, the caller said, was to end the regime of the white government in South Africa.