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article imageCar bomb explodes in Colombian capital injuring six

By Kim I. Hartman     Aug 12, 2010 in World
Bogot - A suspected car bomb has exploded near the studios of a major radio station in the north of the Colombian capital, Bogota. The blast damaged the office block housing Caracol Radio, blowing out the windows of nearby buildings and cars.
Bogota residents woke to the sounds of an explosion as a blast hit the Caracol Radio building. The explosion outside the radio station shook Colombia's capital on Thursday, injuring at least six people, police said.
Police said it was apparently caused by a car bomb that went off at 5:30 a.m. outside the building of Caracol Radio in northern Bogota reported the BBC.
Recently elected president, Juan Manuel Santos arrived quickly on the scene. "It's a terrorist act," Santos said. While Santos refused to place blame on any particular group, police suspected the attack was carried out by Farc rebels.
"Fortunately we do not have anybody dead," national police chief Oscar Naranjo told reporters at the scene.
Bogota's police chief, Gen. Cesar Pinzon, said the explosion apparently was caused by a car bomb and suggested it could have been planted by leftist guerrillas who have been battling the government for decades. He said officials were not yet sure if the radio station was the target or one of several nearby international banking headquarters buildings.
The blast shattered windows and left scraps of a destroyed car scattered in the street.
President Santos described the blast as a "cowardly terrorist act, "Their only aim is to sow fear and that they will not achieve," he told reporters after visiting the scene on Thursday morning. "We will continue to fight terrorism."
Television pictures showed a bus with shattered windows and panicked residents in the streets following the explosion. Pinzon said six people had suffered minor injuries, mostly cut faces and arms. He said most had been on a bus that was passing by as the bomb exploded.
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