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Colombian President Calls Bogota Car Bombing 'Terrorist Act'


Police in the Colombian capital, Bogota, are investigating a car bombing that injured at least nine people and damaged nearby buildings and vehicles.

Newly-inaugurated President Juan Manuel Santos visited the scene after the blast early Thursday and was briefed by police. He called the bombing a terrorist act and vowed to continue fighting such attacks.

Police say the explosion occurred near a building that houses Radio Caracol in the northern part of the city. They say the car was packed with at least 50 kilograms of explosives and shattered windows in vehicles in the street, and several stories up in nearby buidlings.

Police cordoned off the street to protect bystanders from falling glass.

No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing.

A police spokesman said it is unclear what the target was, as a bank is on the same block as the radio station and the American Embassy is not far away.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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