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Deadly blast targets drug rehab centre in Colombia

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Reuters

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: CONTAINS GRAPHIC MATERIAL

Colombian forensic experts are on the gruesome scene where 4 people were killed and 11 others injured in a blast.

The explosion targeted a drug rehabilitation centre and homeless shelter in the city of Medellin.

Police say drug gangs -- who saw the rehabilitation centre as a threat to their drug dealing business -- were behind the explosion.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MEDELLIN POLICE COMMANDER, GENERAL JOSE ANGEL MENDOZA, SAYING:

"Without a doubt it has something to do with these criminal gangs that sell drugs to them. And then they punish them because they are being treated by the majority, by the institutions… and by the police. So their business will diminish."

Police say about a kilogram of explosives were used in the blast.