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Police Capture Woman Believed to Have Detonated Bomb in Bogota

February 17, 1993

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) _ Police said today they have captured a 35-year-old woman whom witnesses said parked a car bomb in central Bogota on Monday that killed two people and injured scores.

Adelina Meza Santamaria was arrested Tuesday in the hospital where she was being treated for minor injuries suffered in the blast, police said.

Three witnesses told police they saw Meza Santamaria leave a car packed with 110 pounds of explosives on a busy downtown avenue, according to a report in today’s editions of El Tiempo newspaper.

She is believed to belong to one of two groups, each comprised of six or seven terrorists, sent to Bogota to carry out bombings on behalf of fugitive drug lord Pablo Escobar, an official in the attorney general’s office said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity.

Police blame Escobar for detonating nine bombs in Bogota, Medellin and the oil refining port of Barrancabermeja that have killed 43 people and injured more than 500 since mid-January.

The latest bombings came Monday when two simultaneous blasts wracked downtown Bogota.

Two shadowy groups recently said they would hunt Escobar and attack his relatives and associates every time civilians are injured in bombings.

Medellin police report that a $4 million collection of classic cars and motorcycles belonging to Escobar was burned Tuesday night in Medellin. It was the second time in as many days that Escobar’s properties have been set ablaze, apparently in retaliation for Monday’s bombings.

A luxury home belonging to his wife was severely damaged in a fire Monday.

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