- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 2, 2005

GEORGIA

Car bomb kills three police officers

GORI — Three police officers were killed in ex-Soviet Georgia yesterday in a car bombing that President Mikhail Saakashvili said was a terrorist act to derail peace talks with the nearby breakaway region of South Ossetia.

The bomb went off outside the police headquarters in the town of Gori, about 50 miles west of the capital, Tbilisi. The bombing occured just a few miles outside South Ossetia, which is backed by Moscow and has run its own affairs since a low-level separatist war in the early 1990s.

BRITAIN

Terror suspect freed from prison

LONDON — An Egyptian terror suspect, held by Britain for three years without trial because he was said to be the leader of an al Qaeda-linked militant group, has been released from prison, the government said yesterday.

Home Secretary Charles Clarke said he had decided to free the Egyptian man, known only as “C,” from a maximum-security prison after a review of his case.

“C” was arrested in December 2001. His release comes as Britain reacts to a decision by the country’s highest court, the Law Lords, which ruled the powers rushed through in the wake of the September 11 attacks violated basic rights.

COLOMBIA

14 troops killed in rebel attack

BOGOTA — Leftist rebels, in a struggle for control of a jungle river used for cocaine trafficking, fired rockets into a Colombian marine post early yesterday, killing at least 14 troops and wounding 25, the Colombian navy commander said.

The assault on the outpost in the southwestern village of Iscuande was the bloodiest rebel attack in two years. It came as government forces were waging an offensive in south-central Colombia against the guerrillas.

Government forces, including U.S.-trained counternarcotics troops, used river gunboats, helicopters and an airplane outfitted with machine guns to pursue the fighters of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, who carried out the pre-dawn attack.


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