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Rebel Plot Against Colombia's President Foiled


Colombian authorities say they have foiled a rebel plot to assassinate President Alvaro Uribe by bringing down his plane.

Police in Cartagena say they found more than 110 kilograms of explosives, gas canisters and incriminating documents during a raid Sunday on a house near the city's airport, and arrested two people.

The authorities say the plotters were members of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) the country's largest rebel group.

Last month, the Colombian government accused the rebels of plotting to kill President Bush during his visit to Cartagena. FARC said the charge was "false and reckless."

Some 17,000 members of the FARC have fought a 40-year insurgency in Colombia.

Some information for this story provided by AP and AFP.

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