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Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos recalls moment he narrowly escaped an IRA bomb in London

The president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, has recalled the moment he narrowly escaped an IRA bomb in London.

He had been living as a student in London at that time.

He recalled walking to Piccadilly when a dustbin suddenly exploded.

"I remember it very well because we were shocked," he told the BBC's Andrew Marr show on Sunday.

Mr Santos visited Belfast last week.

He said the peace process in Northern Ireland inspired him in working towards reconciliation with Farc (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels in Colombia.

The Columbian president met with First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness during a visit to Northern Ireland on Thursday.

It formed part of a three-day state visit by Mr Santos to the UK.

"I was in Belfast seeing how people are still trying to reconcile and it has been a great inspiration for me and for the peace process in Columbia," he said.

"Many of the elements of the Northern Ireland peace process, I applied in the Columbian peace process."

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