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Cuba Blames Trump's Hostility for Gunman's Embassy Attack Last Month

US President Donald Trump (Reuters)

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Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez also criticised Trump officials for remaining silent about the April 30 attack, which he called a sign of US government "complicity."

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Cuba's foreign minister on Tuesday accused the Trump administration of inspiring the gunman who attacked the Cuban Embassy in Washington last month.

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez also criticised Trump officials for remaining silent about the April 30 attack, which he called a sign of US government "complicity."

The US Embassy in Havana said in a statement that US officials are dedicated to protecting embassies, and it described the US legal process as "transparent, with strict jurisprudence and much information about cases available to the public."

An armed man identified as Alexander Alazo Baro, a 42-year-old Cuban immigrant to the US, fired 32 shots at the embassy April 30. He was charged with a violent attack on a foreign official or premises, willfully damaging property of a foreign government and firearms charges.

The attack damaged the building's facade and at least one statue on the embassy grounds. Rodriguez on Tuesday played embassy security camera footage of the incident, showing Baro waving an American flag outside the compound's fence and later shooting at the building with an AK-47 rifle.

The footage also showed the moment police arrived and wrestled Baro to the ground.

Alazo told investigators that he had been treated at a psychiatric hospital and that his wife, a nurse, had told him to seek treatment when he was hearing voices in his head.

He was prescribed medication in March after a visit to a psychiatric facility but had not been "completely compliant with his medication," court papers said.

Cuba has denounced the attack as a "terrorist" assault, and accused US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of encouraging violence against Cuba with hostile rhetoric towards the Cuban government.


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