This outspoken Mexican senator has cheated death after an explosive device hidden in a hollowed-out book blew up as she opened the cover at her desk.
The device exploded when Senator Citlalli Hernandez opened the book in her office located on the third floor of the Senate of the Republic of Mexico, in the Mexican capital Mexico City.
The 29-year-old woman, who belongs to the political party Morena, led by the current president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador suffered injuries to her hands and face after opening the book, which had reportedly been sent to her.
She was attended to by paramedics and sent a message on social media which was later deleted reading: “I am fine, and strong. I regret totally this violent act and threat which I suffered in my office, but I continue with my conviction that the revolution of the conscious and the change of the country should be done and will be done in a peaceful way.”
She later added: “Regarding tonight’s incident, I can say that I am fine. Security measures were taken and we will let the authorities act on the case. Thanks for your concerns and loving messages.”
Neither the motive behind the attack or the perpetrator are known.
The coordinator of the Morena party in the Senate, Ricardo Monreal, said that the explosive seemed to be handmade, adding: “When she opened it, it exploded. Nothing happened, only minor injuries. I spoke to her and she was calm.”
He said that the senator had been sent to hospital but released shortly after as she was not seriously injured.
Citlali Hernandez considers herself a “social activist, promoting student movements and protests from adolescence,” according to local media.
The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been reported.