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DATE=11/11/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=COLOMBIA EXPLOSION(L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-256067 BYLINE=STEVE DUDLEY DATELINE=BOGOTA INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: A powerful car bomb exploded in the northern part of Bogota Thursday leaving seven dead and over 40 people injured. The explosion comes just two days after another bomb went off in the western part of the city injuring another nine people. Both bombs revived fears that the possible extradition of several suspected drug traffickers to the United States may lead to a terror campaign reminiscent of the Pablo Escobar days. From Bogota, Steven Dudley reports. Text : The 80 kilograms car bomb tore through several cars, a liquor store, a two-story house, and various buildings. The explosion occurred in a posh section of Bogota. But there are no government buildings in the vicinity. And the lack of any clear targets and timing of the bombs leads many to suspect that drug traffickers were behind this week's bombs. During the last three weeks, Colombia's supreme court gave the go-ahead to extradite to the United States three suspected drug traffickers, the first such rulings in nine years. And political analysts say the bombings appear to have been an attempt to keep President Andres Pastrana from signing a series of extradition orders. In spite of the pressures, President Pastrana signed the first orders today (Thursday) legalizing the extradition of the three suspected traffickers. Other extradition orders are expected to appear on the President's desk in the very near future. One of these orders may involve Fabio Ochoa, a founding member of Medellin cartel. It was the Medellina cartel that led a full scale terrorist campaign against extradition in the late 1980's and early 90's. During that time,hundreds of policemen were killed along with several judges. The cartel also placed bombs in indiscriminate locations throughout Bogota. (Signed) NEB/PT 11-Nov-1999 22:23 PM EDT (12-Nov-1999 0323 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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