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Bus Set Afire in Colombia; Rebel Group Suspected

About 40 commuters flee to safety. The attack, and the booby-trapping of three other transit vehicles, is the nation’s latest urban violence. Suspected rebel militia members incinerated a bus along a congested Bogota thoroughfare Tuesday and left gasoline bombs in three other transit vehicles in the latest outbreak of terrorism to grip Colombia’s city streets. No injuries were reported in the attacks, which involved flammable substances brought on board the vehicles in a soda bottle and snack packages. About 40 commuters riding the bus that caught fire were able to scramble to safety before it was engulfed in flames about 11:15 a.m., police said. Even as emergency crews rushed to the scene in Bogota’s wealthy northern sector, explosives experts responded to reports of three more crude bombs left in buses south of there. All the bombs were found in buses belonging to Bogota’s new TransMillennium transit system. Authorities immediately cast suspicion on the country’s largest and most hostile guerrilla group, the 18,000-strong Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which is locked in an escalating war against the state. Full Story

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