Explosion near Colombia radio injures several (AP)

Aug 12th, 2010 | By worldnews | Category: World

BOGOTA, Colombia – An explosion outside a major radio station shook Colombia’s capital on Thursday, injuring at least six people, police said.

Police said it was apparently caused by a car bomb that went off at 5:30 a.m. (1030 GMT) outside the building of Caracol Radio in northern Bogota. Several bank headquarters also are nearby.

“Fortunately we do not have anybody dead,” national police chief Oscar Naranjo told reporters at the scene, shortly before recently inaugurated President Juan Manuel Santos arrived.

“It’s a terrorist act,” Santos said.

Bogota’s police chief, Gen. Cesar Pinzon, said the explosion apparently was caused by a car bomb and suggested it could have been planted by leftist guerrillas who have been battling the government for decades. He said officials were not yet sure if the radio station was the target.

The blast shattered windows and left scraps of a destroyed car scattered in the street.

Pinzon said six people had suffered minor injuries, mostly cut faces and arms. He said most had been on a bus that was passing by as the bomb exploded.

Caracol Radio continued broadcasting from its 12-story building despite the blast.

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