Colombia threats

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The Department of State warns that while security in Colombia has improved significantly in recent years, the potential for violence by terrorists and other criminal elements still exists in all parts of the country.

On Aug. 12, a car bomb exploded outside the Caracol radio station in Bogota, hurting seven people. On Oct. 21, the Colombian Defense Minister informed the media of an increased threat of terrorist activity in Bogota, particularly against the military, police and state government officials.

The incidence of kidnapping in Colombia diminished significantly over the last decade; nevertheless, particularly in rural areas, civilians continue to be kidnapped and held for ransom or as political bargaining chips.

In recent months, murder rates have risen significantly in some major cities, particularly Medellín and Cali.

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The Department of State warns that while security in Colombia has improved significantly in recent years, the potential for violence by terrorists and other criminal elements still exists in all parts of the country.

On Aug. 12, a car bomb exploded outside the Caracol radio station in Bogota, hurting seven people. On Oct. 21, the Colombian Defense Minister informed the media of an increased threat of terrorist activity in Bogota, particularly against the military, police and state government officials.

The incidence of kidnapping in Colombia diminished significantly over the last decade; nevertheless, particularly in rural areas, civilians continue to be kidnapped and held for ransom or as political bargaining chips.

In recent months, murder rates have risen significantly in some major cities, particularly Medellín and Cali.