June 11, 1995 in Nation/World

Bomb Kills 21, Injures At Least 100 In Medellin

Compiled From Wire Services

Powerful bomb ripped through a street party in the northwestern city of Medellin on Saturday, killing at least 21 people and wounding 100 others, police said. One suspect was arrested.

The explosion occurred one block away from a police barracks.

Police arrested a suspect carrying five cans of gunpowder, but the motive for the attack was not immediately known.

Police Col. Victor Manuel Paez said a 22-pound bomb filled with shrapnel was placed beneath a bird sculpture by internationally renowned artist Fernando Botero in Medellin’s San Antonio park.

Red Cross officials were treating the injured and ambulances were rushing victims to nearby hospitals. Authorities said the number of casualties was likely to rise.

Police speculated the bomb was planted by leftist guerrillas, who have been fighting the state for decades.

But authorities have feared that drug traffickers, angered by the arrest of Cali drug cartel leader Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela and recent raids on their hideouts and properties, could launch violent revenge attacks.

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