AP. 30 January 2002. Car Bombs Leave 6 Dead in Colombia.

BOGOTA -- A car bomb exploded outside a major television studio in the
capital Wednesday, a day after a remote-controlled bomb ripped through
an army convoy in Colombia's south, killing a soldier and five

The bombings, which authorities have blamed on the country's largest
guerrilla army, come despite breakthroughs in peace negotiations to end
a 38-year civil war.

No one has claimed responsibility for the bombings.

In Bogota, a red four-wheel drive vehicle packed with about 65 pounds of
dynamite exploded before dawn Wednesday on a residential street behind
the studio where Caracol television broadcasts its news programs. There
were no injuries or deaths.

The blast shattered windows all along the block in midtown Bogota, and
damaged offices and equipment in the Caracol's two-story building.
Police said Caracol, one of Colombia's main networks, had received
threats, as have other media outlets.

Bogota mayor Antanas Mockus blamed the Revolutionary Armed Forces of
Colombia, or FARC, for the blast at Caracol TV.

However, Bogota police chief Gen. Jorge Enrique Linares said it was too
early to assign blame.

Tuesday evening, a remote-controlled car bomb packed with about 90
pounds of dynamite was set off as a convoy of army vehicles passed in
the southern city of Florencia, killing a soldier and five civilian
bystanders, said Capt. Lida Zambrano, spokeswoman for the army's 12th

Police are still investigating a Jan. 25 bomb blast in front of a
restaurant in south Bogota that killed four police officers and a
5-year-old girl, and injured 26 other people.

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Barry Stoller

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