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.