A deadly car explosion has rocked Bogota, the capital city of Colombia. The bombing happened on Thursday morning at around 9:30 am (local time) in the south of the city. At least 20 people have been killed and dozens have been injured as a result of the explosion in Colombia.
Ivan Duque, the President of Colombia has described the incident as a “crazy terrorist act”. He has declared three days of nation wide mourning.
So far, no terrorist organization has claimed responsibility of the attack. The car was driven by a 57-year old man who died in the explosion.
How the Car Bombing in Colombia Unfolded
The grey Nissan Patrol responsible for the attack entered the compound of the General Santander police academy. A promotion ceremony for cadets was going on at that time.
When the car was stopped by guards at a checkpoint, the driver accelerated and hit a wall, at which point the car exploded. Video footage circulating on social media show how the car went up in flames after colliding with the wall.
“[It was] horrible, horrible, it seemed like the end of the world,” said eye-witness 62-year-old Rosalba Jimenez, who was opening her shop near the school.
More than 60 people were injured as a result of the car bombing in Colombia. They were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Many of them have been discharged.
According to police, the vehicle was carrying 80kg of the powerful explosive pentolite, which has been used in the past by Colombia’s rebel guerrilla groups. The driver has been identified as 57-year old José Aldemar Rojas Rodríguez, who was killed in the blast. He had no criminal record and lived in the northern department of Boyacá, where the rebel group the National Liberation Army (ELN) is still active.