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Car Bomb Explodes In Medellin, Wounding Six

August 4, 1992

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) _ A car packed with 55 pounds of dynamite exploded Tuesday in the parking lot of an upscale Medellin shopping center, wounding six people, police said.

Police deactivated a second car bomb in the southwestern city of Cali.

Both cities are home to drug cartels that supply most of the cocaine consumed in the United States and Europe.

The Medellin blast destroyed 10 cars and broke storefront windows in a mall in the affluent Poblado neighborhood. Radio reports quoted hospital officials as saying the wounded suffered slight injuries.

Medellin police chief Col. Jose Ignacio Villamil told reporters he did not know who was responsible for the blast.

No information was immediately available on who planted the bomb in Cali, either, and it was not clear if there was any connection between the two booby-trapped cars.

Both drug traffickers and leftist rebels have exploded bombs in Colombian cities.

The Medellin cocaine cartel detonated hundreds of car bombs during its war against the state from 1989 to 1991. The blasts killed about 300 people, including 107 who died in the bombing of a jetliner.

The prospect of renewed warfare with drug lords resurfaced two weeks ago when drug boss Pablo Escobar and nine associates escaped from their resort- like prison outside Medellin.

Before slipping out, the inmates took government officials hostages and one reportedly threatened to ″rain dynamite over Colombia.″

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