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January 23, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Secret Service agents are concerned that a cocaine cartel could try to kill President Bush, possibly by downing his plane, when he goes to an anti-drugs summit in Colombia next month, CBS news reported in New York. "The Secret Service is investigating a growing number of intelligence reports that members of the drug cartel will attempt to assassinate President Bush," CBS Evening News said. It cited reports that a cartel has obtained surface-to-air missiles.
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December 16, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
Suspected right-wing gunmen shot and wounded one of Colombia's top labor leaders Friday in a botched assassination attempt in which at least two people were killed, authorities said. Wilson Borja, president of the Federation of State Workers--Colombia's largest labor union--was shot in the shoulder and leg, and a bullet grazed his head, in the attack in Bogota, the capital.
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May 7, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
Associates of Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar have been trying to buy Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and machine guns in a plot to assassinate President Virgilio Barco Vargas, ABC News reported. One man has been arrested in Miami and charged with plotting to buy weapons illegally, according to unidentified sources quoted by the television network. An FBI spokesman in Miami said officials would hold a news conference on the subject today but he would not confirm or deny the arrest.
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May 7, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
Associates of Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar have been trying to buy Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and machine guns in a plot to assassinate President Virgilio Barco Vargas, ABC News reported. One man has been arrested in Miami and charged with plotting to buy weapons illegally, according to unidentified sources quoted by the television network. An FBI spokesman in Miami said officials would hold a news conference on the subject today but he would not confirm or deny the arrest.
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November 23, 1988
Colombia's Defense Minister, Gen. Manuel Jaime Guerrero Paz, escaped unhurt from an assassination attempt by a pro-Soviet guerrilla group, police said. Three of his bodyguards were killed and two were wounded when a powerful remote control bomb hidden near a lamppost exploded as the minister's motorcade passed near the Defense Ministry building in western Bogota, police said.
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December 16, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
Suspected right-wing gunmen shot and wounded one of Colombia's top labor leaders Friday in a botched assassination attempt in which at least two people were killed, authorities said. Wilson Borja, president of the Federation of State Workers--Colombia's largest labor union--was shot in the shoulder and leg, and a bullet grazed his head, in the attack in Bogota, the capital.
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August 31, 1989 | From Associated Press
A British television station reported Wednesday that 11 British mercenaries were involved in an unsuccessful attempt in June to kill Pablo Escobar, a reputed Colombian cocaine baron. Independent Television News said the men were hired by a rival drug gang to kill Escobar, said to be a leader of the Medellin cartel. The report did not name the rival gang.
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January 23, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Secret Service agents are concerned that a cocaine cartel could try to kill President Bush, possibly by downing his plane, when he goes to an anti-drugs summit in Colombia next month, CBS news reported in New York. "The Secret Service is investigating a growing number of intelligence reports that members of the drug cartel will attempt to assassinate President Bush," CBS Evening News said. It cited reports that a cartel has obtained surface-to-air missiles.
NEWS
August 31, 1989 | From Associated Press
A British television station reported Wednesday that 11 British mercenaries were involved in an unsuccessful attempt in June to kill Pablo Escobar, a reputed Colombian cocaine baron. Independent Television News said the men were hired by a rival drug gang to kill Escobar, said to be a leader of the Medellin cartel. The report did not name the rival gang.
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November 23, 1988
Colombia's Defense Minister, Gen. Manuel Jaime Guerrero Paz, escaped unhurt from an assassination attempt by a pro-Soviet guerrilla group, police said. Three of his bodyguards were killed and two were wounded when a powerful remote control bomb hidden near a lamppost exploded as the minister's motorcade passed near the Defense Ministry building in western Bogota, police said.
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