Death toll climbs to 21 in Bogota terrorist attack

Death toll climbs to 21 in Bogota terrorist attack

Colombia' s government declared three days of mourning Thursday after at least 21 people died in a auto bomb at a Bogota police cadet training academy, and 68 were wounded - the worst such incident in the city in 16 years.

The death toll from a vehicle bomb blast outside a police academy in Colombia on Thursday morning has climbed to 10, officials said.

"All of us Colombians reject terrorism and are united in confronting it", Duque said in a tweet.

"We will not rest until we capture and bring to justice the terrorists involved", Duque said late Thursday.

Attorney General Nestor Humberto Martinez said at the same press conference that Colombian authorities early Friday arrested a suspect in the attack identified as Ricardo Andres Carvajal.

But they said a 56-year-old man named Jose Aldemar Rojas drove a 1993 Nissan pick-up loaded with 80 kilograms (175 pounds) of explosive past a security checkpoint to carry out the attack.

Little is known about Rojas.

The Colombian authorities have indicated that the terrorist act was conducted by the rebel National Liberation Army. The man who served under the fighting name "Mocho Kico" for 17 years as an explosives expert in the ranks of the rebels in the East of the country, reported the TV channel Caracol, citing the General Prosecutor's office.

ELN has been stepping up attacks on police targets in Colombia amid a standoff with the conservative government over how to re-start stalled peace talks.

In February 2017, the ELN claimed responsibility for an attack on a police patrol in the Macarena neighborhood of Bogota that left one officer dead and several seriously wounded.

In the past two decades the Cuban revolution-inspired group, which is believed to have around 1,500 fighters, has never been capable or shown much interest in carrying out high-profile act of violence.

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the vehicle bombing at a police academy in Bogotá.

Mr Duque has demanded the ELN cease all attacks and kidnappings as a condition for restarting the talks and has condemned Venezuela and Cuba for allegedly providing a safe haven for rebel leaders even as their troops continue to sow violence in Colombia. Carol Oviedo said her brother Jonathan, a cadet, told her on the phone he had been injured, before the connection was cut. Also killed was Alan Bayona, who just a few years ago outsprinted 100 other athletes at 800-meters in a nationwide track championship.

Auto bombs were frequent in Colombia during decades of civil war between the state and various leftist rebel groups, as well as in violence involving the Medellin drug cartel led by drug lord Pablo Escobar.

The attack was the deadliest in Colombia since 2003.

Jorge Restrepo, director of the Conflict Analysis Resource Center, said the ELN's decentralized and politically-fragmented leadership is a major obstacle to peacemaking.

Dozens of residents stood in line at four collection points throughout the city to donate blood to treat the more than 70 victims. Fifty eight of the injured have been discharged from hospital.

Related Articles

  • Kidnap suspect apparently applied for job day Jayme escaped

    Kidnap suspect apparently applied for job day Jayme escaped

    Authorities are still deciding what to do with the cash - but many people agree with the Kasinskases. "It is her. Patterson is facing a total of four felony charges. 'I knew for sure it was the same kid, ' the manager said.
    Cortana Isn’t Competing With Alexa, Google — Microsoft CEO

    Cortana Isn’t Competing With Alexa, Google — Microsoft CEO

    Nadella reportedly intimated that Cortana will be similarly integrated with Google Assistant sometime in the future. Microsoft's new approach lets it build its own ecosystems on the platforms its customers already have.
    Korea discuss denuclearization incentives ahead of expected talks with North

    Korea discuss denuclearization incentives ahead of expected talks with North

    CNN quoted a source familiar with the US-North Korea talks as saying that Kim Yong Chol would be carrying a new letter for Trump. The official said a Trump and Kim meeting could happen by early March, though added: "No one knows what Trump is thinking".
  • How Technology Changed Gaming

    They are as popular as Fortnite’s second chapter that, according to techradar.com , will be talked about for some time. The gaming industry as a whole now has games with demanding graphics that can be played on a phone as well as on a computer.
    Tri Delta Member Booted For Video Of White Student In Blackface

    Tri Delta Member Booted For Video Of White Student In Blackface

    The University of Oklahoma Black Student Association said they were not surprised by the actions of the two students in the video.
    Pipeline blast in Mexico kills 66, injures over 70

    Pipeline blast in Mexico kills 66, injures over 70

    All in all, the fuel theft industry represents about $3 billion in Mexico, and President Lopez Obrador intends to stop it. The state oil company Pemex said the explosion was caused by illegal taps in the pipeline, according to CNN .
  • Predators' Johansen suspended 2 games for high-sticking Jets' Scheifele

    Predators' Johansen suspended 2 games for high-sticking Jets' Scheifele

    Arvidsson finished a rebound chance for his sixth goal in the last five games and 18th goal of the season. The Predators are off Friday, but will be back in action Saturday against the Florida Panthers.
    Liverpool star claims not thinking about the title win would be 'STUPID'

    Liverpool star claims not thinking about the title win would be 'STUPID'

    The club are in the process of appointing a director of football, to help the link between the board and the management team. And the Portuguese added: "The time where the manager was the highest point of the club and all-powerful I think is over.
    Chicago ex-cop sentenced to almost  seven years over teen shooting

    Chicago ex-cop sentenced to almost seven years over teen shooting

    Ahead of Friday's sentencing, lawyers for Van Dyke asked for probation , the minimum punishment in IL for second-degree murder . Police were responding to a report of a male who was breaking into trucks and stealing radios on the city's South Side.
  • The Case For An Annual Major League Baseball Game In Nebraska

    The Case For An Annual Major League Baseball Game In Nebraska

    Naturally the sellout crowd was impressive - per ESPN, 12 MLB teams currently average fewer than 25,454 fans per game. The game attracted a sellout crowd of 25,454 to TD Ameritrade Park, even though Gordon was sidelined due to injury.
    NBA LeBron James Cleared to Return to Practice 10 hours ago 1729

    NBA LeBron James Cleared to Return to Practice 10 hours ago 1729

    The Thunder broke their franchise record for 3-pointers made in a game with Ferguson knocking down a team-high six 3-pointers. Josh Hart leads the team in 3-point percentage, but as a young player is still inconsistent and unable to carry the team.
    House OKs bill to reopen US  gov’t through February  8

    House OKs bill to reopen US gov’t through February 8

    William Hoagland, who was a top aide to former Senate GOP leader Bill Frist , described the White House officials as "dreaming". Graham, who is close to Trump , has been among the most outspoken Republican advocates of temporarily halting the shutdown .