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Colombian Police Seize Explosives, Guerrillas Along Clinton's Motorcade RouteAired August 30, 2000 - 2:28 p.m. ET
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LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: We have a development concerning security surrounding President Clinton on his visit to Colombia. We have Major Garrett on the line from Cartagena. He's with the president.
What's happening, Major?
MAJOR GARRETT, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Lou, three pieces of information: First and foremost, the president of the United States is well. There has been no threat to him. His visit here to Colombia with Colombian President Andres Pastrana is continuing as scheduled.
But earlier today, here in Cartagena, shortly -- maybe two hours ago -- Secret Service, through an official here in Cartagena, telling reporters that bomb-making materials, primarily kerosene and gun powder, were found near a location alongside the presidential motorcade route, as the president was making his way from the airport here in Cartagena to the port of Cartagena.
These bomb-making materials were seized and five people were arrested. Those five people arrested by the Colombian police believed to be sympathizers with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, otherwise known as the FARC, which is the Marxist guerrilla organization that has been at odds with the Colombian government for nearly 40 years.
Also, Colombian police tell CNN this morning, 6:00 a.m., long before the president of the United States arrived in Cartagena, a small explosive device was found in a Cartagena barrio, not anywhere near the presidential route. It was found. It was deactivated. It was described as a non-lethal explosive device, the kind meant to cause noise, but not to inflict mayhem or damage.
At this point, as I said at the top, the president's visit to this war-ravaged country continues -- security very, very tight, as it has been before the president arrived and will be throughout his visit. He is scheduled to have a joint press conference shortly this afternoon with President Pastrana, and visit another location, and then fly back to Washington this evening -- Lou.
WATERS: All right, Major Garrett with the president in Cartagena, Colombia.
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