Friday, November 12, 1999 Published at 06:14 GMT
Colombia bomb kills seven
Emergency services tend to one of the wounded
Seven people have been killed and dozens injured in a powerful explosion in the Colombian capital, Bogota - the second this week.
Five people were killed immediately, and two died later in hospital, police said.
Colombian President Andres Pastrana responded to the attack by signing a decree ordering the two men's extradition.
No Colombian drugs traffickers have been extradited since 1991.
It was the Colombian capital's worst bombing since the wave of terror by the Medellin cocaine cartel in the late 1980s and early 1990s aimed at stopping its members from being sent to the US for trial.
That campaign of violence only ended with the cartel's collapse in 1993.
Bogota's Mayor Enrique Penalosa branded the attack ''a cowardly and murderous act".
The government has announced a reward of more than $250,000 for information leading to the capture of the bombers.
The blast at 1015 local time (1515 GMT) completely destroyed several buildings, and blew out the windows of others across the road some 50 metres (150 feet) away. It gouged a crater a metre deep in the pavement.
Officials said at least 40 people were hurt in the bombing, nearly half of them seriously.
Witnesses told a local radio station there had been a gigantic cloud of dust, and panic among local residents and shopkeepers.
If the bomb attack was an attempt to pressure the government into reversing its decision to resume extraditions to the US, it backfired spectacularly.
A separate extradition order was signed for a Cuban, Sergio Bravil Gonzales, who is wanted in Florida.
They are the first of 42 alleged drug bosses facing extradition to stand trial before US courts.
Justice Minister Romulo Gonzalez vowed the government would stand firm and cited President Pastrana as saying "all drug traffickers will be extradited" if they choose to fight with murder and bombs.
Thursday's blast came two days after another explosion in the capital, in which eight people were injured.
Police are still searching for clues as to what, or who, caused that explosion.