Authorities Investigating After Molotov Cocktail Incident at Cuban Embassy in DC

Molotov Cocktails Thrown at Cuban Embassy in DC

( – The Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., has suffered an attack after an unidentified assailant tossed Molotov cocktails at the embassy building recently.

In a social media statement on September 24, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Cuba, said that no staff were harmed or injured in the incident, and that the details surrounding the attack were “being worked out.” Parrilla referred to the incident as a “terrorist attack” in his post.

While no groups or individuals have taken credit for the attack, and U.S. authorities are still investigating the incident, the Cuban government has laid the blame squarely on the shoulders of Cuban exiles in the U.S. According to ABC News, Parrilla accused these unnamed exiles of resorting to terrorism “when they feel impunity,” something that the minister says Cuba has repeatedly warned the U.S. about.

The attack, which apparently did minimal damage to the embassy’s structure, occurred just a few hours after the communist country’s current leader, Miguel Diaz-Canel, left the building and returned to Cuba after attending United Nations events in New York. His visit to the U.N., of course, was met with protests by detractors of the communist regime, which was originally founded by Fidel Castro.

Diaz-Canel took to social media and condemned the attack, which he called “an act of violence and impotence,” and an action spurred by “hate.” He said that his government was waiting for the results of the investigation by U.S. law enforcement.

The U.S. State Department and Washington D.C. police are looking into the attack. This is the second time the Cuban Embassy has been attacked – police arrested Alexander Alazo for shooting a rifle at the embassy in 2020, which did not injure anyone but caused some damage to the property. As foreign offices go, the Cuban Embassy is a fairly new one, as the U.S. and Cuba have been diplomatically estranged since 1961, and the embassy was only put up in 2015 when relations between the two countries was restored following an initiative led by then president Barack Obama.

The White House has also issued a statement condemning the attack.

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