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Colombian Bar Attacks Kills One, Hurts 72

Colombian flags hung outside the Bogota Beer Garden Company in mourning and defiance Sunday, hours after suspected rebels exploded grenades at two bars frequented by Americans, killing a Colombian woman and injuring at least 72 other people. Police blamed the nation’s largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, for the Saturday night attacks in the Zona Rosa — the first insurgent assaults on this popular nightclub district. It was not immediately known if Americans were among the casualties_ or if Americans were the target. The United States backs hardline President Alvaro Uribe’s crackdown on rebels, which is partly funded with $2.5 billion from Washington. Now in its fourth decade, Colombia’s war kills about 3,500 people, mainly civilians, each year. Ordinary people are worn down yet determined not to be broken by the fighting, which pits leftist rebels against the government and right-wing paramilitary groups. Full Story

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