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Colombia foils rebel's plot to attack presidential palace

06-30-2010 11:16 BJT

BOGOTA, June 29 (Xinhua) -- Colombia foiled a plot of the rebels to attack the upcoming inauguration ceremony of President-elect Juan Manuel Santos at the presidential palace, an official from the Prosecutor's Office said on Tuesday.

Colombia's security authorities detained a suspected member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country's largest rebel group, who was apparently plotting an attack on the inauguration of President-elect Santos on Aug. 7.

The FARC rebel was captured with mortar shells, maps and models of the Narino presidential palace, the official told Xinhua.

"The authorities are evaluating all the evidence found to determine if the guerrillas intended to carry out an attack against the Presidential Palace on Aug. 7," he said.

On Aug. 7, 2002, FARC rebels fired several mortar shells at the presidential palace during President Alvaro Uribe swearing-in ceremony, killing 19 people, injuring at least 50 others.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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