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21st February 2020
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Car bomb explosion kills 8 in Bogota, Colombia

Car bomb explosion kills 8 in Bogota, Colombia
Car bomb explosion kills 8 in Bogota, Colombia

A car bomb has gone off in the capital of Colombia, Bogota, killing at least 8 people in the process.

Officials said 41 others were injured in the blast, which occurred outside the General Santander National Police Academy.

Police are suspecting the attack to be a suicide attack policeial.

According to CNN report, Police said the driver rammed the vehicle into the grounds of the police academy at full speed and ignored calls to stop. The driver is presumed to have died in the blast, but it is unclear if authorities are counting the attacker in the death toll.

The attack took place in an area outside the police cadet school cordoned off by Colombia’s National Police.

President Ivan Duque of Colombia condemned the attack as terrorism and vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice.

He later visited the scene, where he spoke from the police academy and ordered the police and armed forces to “determine who the people behind this vile attack are.”

After the President spoke, Attorney General Nestor Humberto Martinez identified “the material author of the attack, a man named Jose Aldemar Rojas Rodriguez, who was driving the car that entered the academy.”

Martinez said Rojas Rodriguez reportedly had about 80 kilograms of explosives.

Both Duque and the attorney general of Colombia said an investigation is underway to identify any others behind the attack but did not provide further details.

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