A homemade bomb exploded in front of a school on a busy street just as students were arriving for class. One woman was killed and 14 people - including four schoolchildren - were injured.
U.N. civilian police and and Haitian National Police who cordoned off the area told reporters “an explosive device” in a bag was left at the school by someone in a pickup truck at 7:50 a.m. Monday.
Blood splattered the foot of a tree where a woman, an unidentified beggar, had been sitting before she was killed.
Four of the 14 injured were students, ages 10 to 14, from the Philippe Pierre-Louise government school, said officials at the nearby State University Hospital. The school is on a busy avenue six blocks from the presidential palace.
Monday’s blast also comes amid growing street violence in the Haitian capital, which had been limited to shootings, as the United Nations prepares to pull out its 1,300 peacekeepers by month’s end.
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