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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Powerful Car Bomb Kills 6 in Bogota




BOGOTA, Colombia -- A powerful car bomb exploded on a busy avenue in an upscale neighborhood of Bogota on Thursday, killing at least six people and injuring 30 others in the worst terrorist attack in Colombia's capital in years.


Mayor Enrique Penalosa said the attack may have been retaliation for a government decision to extradite suspected drug traffickers to stand trial in the United States.


The bomb, packed with shrapnel and planted in a red Mazda sedan, went off in the late morning, destroying a two-story house and a restaurant in an upscale neighborhood and blowing out the windows of banks, hotels and three apartment buildings across the avenue some 50 meters away.


It appeared most of the victims were passers-by. One woman, badly burned and bleeding, was pulled from beneath a car shattered by the blast.


It was the worst terrorist attack in Bogota since a bloody anti-extradition campaign of bombings that ended in 1993 with the demise of the Medellin cocaine cartel.


Government officials said they feared Thursday's blast could herald a reprise of that bloody era.