Members of the Medellin cartel blew up an Avianca airliner in an attempt to assassinate Colombian President Cesar Gaviria, killing 107 people. Escobar also was blamed for the assassination of three of the five candidates for Colombian president in 1989 and for the 1986 takeover of the Palace of Justice in Bogota in which 90 people were killed, including 11 Supreme Court justices.

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