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A bomb exploded in a mall in Colombia, leaving at least seven people dead and over 68 injured.

Of course, this attack is horrible and sickening. Terrorism as a tactic will only keep gaining momentum all over the world as long as it keeps racking up successes. Whether the goals of the terrorists are motivated by hate (as with the case of Palestinian terrorism) or by greed (the Colombian rebel groups in conflict over drugs), the outcome is always the same for the innocent lives caught in the crossfire.

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Gatwick airport’s north terminal has been shut down, and Heathrow has been placed on high alert after a man was found with a hand grenade at Gatwick:

Police have arrested a man carrying a live hand grenade at Gatwick Airport and evacuated one terminal. All flights out of the north terminal were suspended after the man – thought to be a 37-year-old Venezuelan – was detained under anti-terrorism laws.

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The incident comes after days of heightened alert at Britain’s airports, especially at Heathrow where troops were called in.

The BBC’s Margaret Gilmore said she had learned that the Heathrow operation was sparked by MI5 intelligence that a group was plotting to shoot down an aircraft.

Two men were arrested near Heathrow airport under the Terrorism Act on Thursday afternoon, but police said they were held as a “precautionary measure”.

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The government and police said the ongoing security alert was linked to fears that al-Qaeda could use the end of the Muslim festival of Eid, which runs until Saturday, as a trigger for an attack on London.

Reuters is reporting that the man arrived on a flight from Colombia. This comes on the same day as a plane carrying five Americans crashed in Colombia. In all likelihood there’s no relation, but it’s a strange coincidence.

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Car bombing in Colombia

02.08.2003

A car bombing in Columbia killed 32 people today. President Bush (news – web sites) on Saturday condemned what he described as “a barbaric act of terrorism” and offered help to find the bombers. Thousands of people are killed every year in Colombia’s four-decade-old war, which pits the FARC and other leftist guerrillas against the […]

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