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Explosion in Bogota, Colombia kills at least two and injures former interior minister

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Former Colombian Interior Minister Fernando Londono, who is injured, walks as he is guarded by a bodyguard after an explosion in a central avenue in Bogota on Tuesday. A bomb attack in a commercial district of Colombia's capital Bogota killed two people on Tuesday and injured Londono who was the target, President Juan Manuel Santos said.

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Pedestrians look at the scene after a bomb exploded in Bogota.

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Police officers, who are explosives experts, stand at the cordoned scene of an explosion in a central avenue in Bogota.

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Injured people, with blood on their faces, walk at the scene of an explosion in a central avenue in Bogota. A bomb attack in a commercial district of Colombia's capital Bogota killed two people on Tuesday and injured a former interior minister who was the target, President Juan Manuel Santos said.

Ian Johnston writes on msnbc.com's World News blog that 19 were injured in the blast in Bogota:

President Juan Manuel Santos condemned the attack. "This government will not be put off course by these terrorist attacks," he said, according to Reuters. "This was an attack against former minister Fernando Londoño." 

The TV images showed Londoño being escorted, walking but stunned, from the SUV in a suit and tie with blood stains on part of his chest. One of his bodyguards was holding a gun.

"Fortunately, Dr. Londono is stable. He's in the hospital," Santos said, The Associated Press reported.

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