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Blast blamed on Colombian rebels kills 1, hurts 20

January 16, 2014

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian authorities say a motorcycle bomb has killed one person and wounded 20 in the southwestern town of Pradera.

Police are blaming Thursday morning’s blast on the rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

Town security chief Arbey Giraldo says the blast damaged city hall. He says the victim was a 45-year-old man. The regional police chief says that among the wounded were two police officers hurt by shrapnel.

Praderas is in a region with a strong rebel presence. It last suffered a bomb blast in October 2012 when a pair of suitcase bombs killed two people and wounded at least 30.

The FARC has been in peace talks with the government for 13 months. A monthlong unilateral cease-fire it declared for the holidays lapsed on Wednesday.

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