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Three Bombs Explode in Colombia

November 23, 2002

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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) _ Three bombs exploded on a busy street in front of the Colombian attorney general’s office Friday, injuring two pedestrians, authorities said.

The explosions occurred a few blocks from the U.S. Embassy. The building housing the attorney general’s office was not damaged, officials said.

Two people were injured by the blasts, police said. Paramedics at the scene said the injuries were minor.

Television news reported that two men on a motorcycle placed the bombs, but the report could not be independently confirmed.

Gen. Teodoro Campo, the head of the Colombian National Police, told reporters that the mortar tube appeared aimed at the attorney general’s office and not the U.S. Embassy, located two blocks from the mortar rounds hit. The United States is providing military aid to the Colombian armed forces, which is battling the FARC and another leftist rebel group.

Colombia’s 38-year civil war is marked by bombings and other attacks. About 3,500 people die every year in the violence.

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