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11 Die in Colombia Nightclub Bombing

A bomb blew up outside an upscale nightclub in southwestern Colombia on Sunday, killing at least 11 people and wounding 48. The attack cast new doubt on President Alvaro Uribe’s promises to crush a 39-year rebel insurgency. The bombing was blamed on leftist rebels and appeared to be part of a nationwide campaign of violence aimed at thwarting regional elections scheduled for Oct. 25. Rebels have assassinated politicians, disabled rail and communication links and blown up bridges. “Colombia is in tears but will not give in,” Uribe said on a visit to the coastal city of Santa Marta, where officials observed a minute’s silence in memory of the dead. “The only path for us is to defeat terrorism and we must persist.” Revelers were heading home after a Saturday night out at the popular Bar Rosa in Florencia, 235 miles southwest of the capital Bogota, when the bomb went off. The device was attached to a motorcycle and sent debris flying into the air, shattering windows and cutting down passers-by. Full Story

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