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Thursday, 8 August, 2002, 08:45 GMT 09:45 UK
In pictures: Death on inauguration day
The inauguration of new Colombian President Alvaro Uribe was marred by a series of explosions in the country's capital, Bogota, in which at least 15 people were killed and more than 30 injured.

An army helicopter circles a Bogota church [l] as a soldier stands guard
Security was extremely tight for the inauguration ceremony

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, with armed forces chiefs, waves to supporters
Uribe was sworn in promising to crack down on rebel violence

People flee from explosion as police help an injured man in the background
But shortly before the ceremony several blasts shook the area near the presidential palace

Soldiers inspect scene of one of the blasts
The devices - thought to be mortar bombs - tore through a poor Colombian residential neighbourhood

Police examine the body of a victim from one of the explosions in Bogota
Many of the victims were poor civilians, including children...

Soldier on a tank in bombed neighbourhood
...and many are wondering how, despite heavy security, the rebels managed to get so close to the ceremony


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