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| Bombs injure 16 in Bogota during civil servant protest|
| Updated at: 0444 PST, Friday, October 24, 2008|
BOGOTA: At least 16 people were injured when six home-made bombs went off inside trash cans in Bogota during a protest march by thousands of civil servants, police said Thursday.
The nearly simultaneous explosions occurred in residential neighborhoods near the German and Peruvian embassies, a branch of US Citibank and outside a McDonalds, Bogota police chief Rodolfo Palomino told reporters.
He said a passenger bus had also been set on fire Thursday near the El Dorado airport, and that so far there were no clues as to the culprits of the crimes.
He said the bombs injured 16 people, but that "nobody was seriously hurt." "They were low-powered, home-made bombs that make lots of noise but little damage," another police spokesman told media.
The bombs went off as thousands of civil servants on a 24-hour strike demonstrated in central Bogota in support of a days-long protest by thousands of indigenous people in southern Colombia against President Alvaro Uribe's administration.