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U.S. Expresses Regret Over Bombing

November 12, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The State Department expressed deep regret Friday over a terrorist bombing in Colombia but said there is no evidence that the incident was linked to the pending extradition of three accused drug traffickers awaiting trial in the United States.

A car bomb Thursday killed eight people in Bogota and injured 45 as Colombian authorities were making preparations to extradite the three.

``It is not possible at this time to have information that these acts are related to the extradition,″ State Department spokesman James Rubin said. ``We certainly call for an immediate end to violence that targets innocent civilians.″

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