Colombia arrests third suspect in car bomb attack

BOGOTA, Aug 18, 2010 (AFP) - Colombian investigators have arrested a man suspected of involvement in an August 12 car bomb attack north of Bogota, outside a Spanish radio station, the prosecutor's office here said.

The suspect, identified as Edison Moreno, is accused of helping prepare the vehicle that was used in the attack, officials said.

He was arrested south of Bogota, after being identified by other suspects in the case who have always admitted forging license plates for the stolen car used in the attack.

Investigators have not yet named those they suspect of masterminding the attack, which injured eight and did extensive damage to the nearby buildings, including a building housing the offices of Radio Caraco, a subsidiary of Spain's Grupo Prisa.

The attack came shortly after the inauguration of President Juan Manuel Santos, who dealt severe blows to the country's leftist guerrillas during a stint as defense minister.

"We are not going to be frightened, to be intimidated. We are not going to fall into this trap," he pledged after the attack.

Colombia has been beset for years by violence involving leftist guerrillas, right-wing paramilitary death squads, and powerful drug cartels.

The last major attack in Colombia occurred March 24 when a car bomb exploded near the mayor's office in the Pacific port of Buenaventura, killing nine people.

Then-president Alvaro Uribe blamed the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

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