Andes, Colombia, Latin America: Week in Review

Bombing In Bogotá Kills Two, Injures Dozens More

May 16, 2012 By Staff

Top Story —  A driver and a police bodyguard for former Colombian Interior Minister Fernando Londoño were killed after a bomb went off in Bogotá on Tuesday, injuring dozens of other people. Lodoño was traveling through a commercial district when an assailant allegedly threw a bomb at his car, according to security camera footage mentioned by Bogotá Mayor Gustavo Petro. Colombian authorities had discovered another bomb earlier Tuesday, hidden in a car allegedly destined for police headquarters in Bogotá, but they managed to defuse it. It is not clear if the two bombing incidents were related. While Londoño is in the hospital in stable condition, his driver and police bodyguard were killed, and the police reported that a third, unidentified person was killed as well. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos condemned the bombing, which police blamed on the FARC, and cancelled a scheduled trip to Cartagena to attend a ceremony marking the beginning of a new U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement.

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Headlines from the Western Hemisphere

North America

  • Latin American literary great Carlos Fuentes died in Mexico City on Tuesday at age 83.
  • Rev. Alejandro Solalinde, a priest who runs the “Hermanos en el Camino” shelter for migrants in southern Mexico, has temporarily left his post due to death threats.
  • Four demonstrators in Chicago were arrested Tuesday during a protest against immigration policy and economic injustice in anticipation of the NATO summit to be held in Chicago this weekend.
  • A plumber digging a swimming pool in Florida discovered pottery shards and two skulls dating from between 1200 and 1400 that are said to have originated in Peru.


Central America


Southern Cone

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