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Colombia Arrests Attempted Assassins

Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 11:40 AM


BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombian police have arrested seven people for the attempted assassination of a former interior minister, President Juan Manuel Santos said Tuesday.

Suspected rebels detonated a bomb attached to former Interior Minister Fernando Londono's armored vehicle May 15 as he was being driven through Bogota. Londono survived the attack but his driver and bodyguard were killed.

On his Twitter account, Santos congratulated the police on the arrests and described those detained as "common criminals."

The arrests come as Santos is engaged in exploratory talks to open peace negotiations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country's oldest and largest leftist guerrilla group.

The attorney general's office said in June that FARC rebels carried out the attack on Londono, who served as interior minister under former President Alvaro Uribe, a hardliner who opposed negotiations with the rebels.

RCN radio station said those arrested included a young man who placed the bomb on Londono's vehicle.



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