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Sunday April 22, 2012

Bus Bombings in Colombia Leaves 8 Wounded

Bus Bombings in Colombia Leaves 8 Wounded

Photo: Bombings in Ibague Colombia

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At least eight people were injured by two bombs left, presumably by leftist rebels, on two public buses in Ibague, police in this southwestern Colombian city said Sunday.

The bombs were relatively small ones that went off around midnight Saturday and early Sunday morning, Ibague Metropolitan Police commander Col. Fernando Murillo told reporters.

The first blast injured seven people and occurred in the ground transport terminal in Ibague, the capital of Tolima province, Murillo said.

The second explosion occurred in a central sector of the city and not only injured the driver of the bus but severely damaged the vehicle, Murillo said.

The police commander did not rule out the possibility that those responsible for planting the bombs were members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

Evidently, the attacks came in reprisal for the non-payment of extortion money by the transport workers, Murillo said.

Murillo offered a reward of 20 million pesos (about $11,300) for information leading to the identification and capture of those who prepared and planted the bombs.