Car Bomb At Police Academy In Colombia's Capital Leaves At Least 8 Dead; Suspect Identified

Jan 17, 2019

An SUV carrying more than 150 pounds of explosives detonated at a police academy in Colombia’s capital on Thursday, killing at least nine and leaving more than 50 people injured, according to authorities.

The explosion took place around 9:30 a.m. at the General Santander police academy in southern Bogotá.

“This was an attack on an academic institution where there were unarmed youth,” President Iván Duque said after touring the site. “This demented act of terrorism will not go unpunished.”

Attorney General Néstor Martinez identified the driver of the vehicle — who is thought to have died in the blast — as José Aldemar Rojas Rodriguez.

Martinez stopped short of saying what group or groups might have been behind the attack, as the investigation is ongoing. And no one immediately took responsibility for the bombing, which is shaping up to be one of the deadliest in the city in more than a decade.

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