A car bomb killed at least five people and injured 10 at the national police academy in Colombia’s capital Bogota, authorities said Thursday.
The deadly blast occurred at the General Santander police academy in the south of the city took place just before 10AM.
President Ivan Duque said on Twitter that the blast was the result of “a miserable terrorist attack.”
We are going to the scene of events. I have given the order to the security forces to determine the authors of this attack and bring them to justice.
President Ivan Duque
Mayor Enrique Peñalosa was the first to confirm that the exploding vehicle killed at least five people and injured 10 others.
According to RCN Radio, at least eight people were killed.
Images from within the campus showed the incinerated remains of a car and severe damage to trees and the surrounding buildings.
carro bomba en el interior escuela de policía general santander
vivo cerca y fue una explosión muy fuerte pic.twitter.com/w02qAOs6Qg
— hector ivan huertas (@ivann_neko) January 17, 2019
“We are accompanying our policemen,” said Vice-President Marta Lucia Ramirez on Twitter.
The United States embassy alerted citizens of the “security incident” at the police academy and urged to “monitor local media and police sources for more information.”
The National Police did not immediately make a formal statement.
The car bomb attack on the police academy would be the deadliest explosives attack in Colombia’s capital since 2003 when now-demobilized FARC guerrillas detonated a car bomb in the exclusive Nogal club, killing 36 people.
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