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Attack On Police Academy Kills 21

Source: Reuters

January 18 2019


At least 21 people have been killed in a car bombing at Colombia's main police academy in Bogota, reports Reuters. 

On Thursday, a car broke through checkpoints surrounding the General Santander School and exploded.

The Nissan Patrol SUV was carrying 176 pounds (80 kg) of pentolite high explosive, which has been commonly used by Colombian insurgents, said Attorney General Nestor Humberto Martinez.

At least 68 people were injured in the attack, reported Agence France-Presse. 

There were no immediate claims of responsibility. 

The driver, who was killed in the blast, was identified as a resident of the northern department of Boyaca, where the rebel group the National Liberation Army (ELN) remains active, reported the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo.

On Friday, Defense Minister Guillermo Botero said that the ELN was responsible for the bombing. 

President Ivan Duque called the explosion a "crazy terrorist act" and said the perpetrators would be brought to justice. 

The attack is the deadliest since Colombia reached a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) militant group in 2016.

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