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Sent on Mormon-News: 12Apr00

Summarized by Kent Larsen

4 LDS Chapels In Colombia Bombed
(4 Mormon Temples Bombed; Radical Catholics Blamed)
Chicago Tribune 12Apr00 N1
From Tribune News Services

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA -- Marxist rebels in southwestern Colombia bombed four LDS chapels on Tuesday and killed one man and injured 20 others in another blast. Police in Colombia blame the bombs on the National Liberation Army (or ELN, using its Spanish-language initials), Colombia's second-largest rebel force, for the blasts in the city of Cali. No one was injured in the blasts at the LDS chapels.

The ELN is thought to be influenced by radical Roman Catholic priests, and may have attacked the chapels as a protest against U.S. involvement in Colombia, according to police. The ELN has used violence in the past to get attention for its protests, kidnapping about 160 Catholic parishoners in an attack last May for which they got ransom money.

A separate attack in the southwest Cauca province on Monday killed one man and injured 20 others. The ELN blew up a bridge on the Pan- American Highway in that attack.


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