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Bomb kills at least six on Colombian riverboat

Military blames blast on largest rebel group, FARC


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BOGOTA, Colombia (CNN) -- A bomb ripped through a crowded riverboat in central Colombia on Sunday morning, killing at least six people and wounding 38, authorities said.

The bomb exploded as the boat, carrying about 56 passengers, was pulling up to the river port of Puerto Rico, about 100 miles south of the capital, Bogota.

The woman carrying the bomb died in the explosion, authorities said, and they believe the device exploded prematurely.

Authorities suspect a seventh person may have died, but the condition of the victims' remains made identification difficult.

Military authorities blamed the attack on the country's largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

The army has been carrying out patrols in the region, and soldiers fought rebels about five miles outside the town Sunday.

Some of the most badly wounded were flown to Villavicencio, the region's next-largest city.

Journalist Karl Penhaul contributed to this report.


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