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Bogota Car Bomb Kills 33 - 2003-02-08

President Bush has condemned the bombing of a night club in Colombia's capital, Bogota that killed at least 33 people and wounded about 150, calling it "a barbaric act of terrorism."

In a statement Saturday, Mr. Bush expressed condolences to families and friends of the victims and wished a quick recovery to those wounded. He offered assistance to the Colombian government in finding those responsible for the car bomb blast.

Secretary of State Colin Powell also offered his condolences in a telephone call to Colombian Foreign Minister Carolina Barco.

Colombia's Vice President Francisco Santos said Saturday he has no doubt that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, carried out the terrorist attack.

Officials say the blast that ripped through the exclusive "El Nogal" club came from a car packed with about 200 kilograms of explosives. The attack on the club, which is popular with politicians and business people, came amid increased attacks in urban areas by Colombia's leftist rebels.

Colombia's four-decade-long civil war pits leftist guerrillas against the government and right-wing paramilitaries.