Argentinia bomb found ahead of former Colombian president speech

  • Argentine officials have discovered explosives at a theatre in the capital Buenos Aires, where former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe was due to make a speech later in the day.

    Security personnel found the explosive device hidden in a lamp at the Gran Rex Theatre during a routine inspection.

    The bomb would have been triggered by a mobile phone, according to officials.

    It had been set to explode on Wednesday at 19:30 GMT when a large number of people along with Uribe were due to attend a reception.

    Uribe governed from 2002 to 2010 during which time the defeat of Colombia's largest rebel group, the FARC, was his main priority.

    He has been the target of several assassination attempts.