Update (10:45 a.m.): While initial reports indicate that five people were killed, some newer reports have indicated that eight people have been killed.
According to the mayor of Bogota, five people have been killed and 10 people have been injured in a car bombing at a police academy in the Colombian capital.
Initial reports indicate that the car bombing happened at the General Santander National Police Academy. Ambulances and helicopters were on the scene following the explosion.
Witnesses on the scene of the explosion said they “heard a loud explosion that destroyed windows in adjacent buildings.” Photos and videos from the scene show
According to The Guardian, while authorities have not said who is responsible for the attack, “leftist rebels from the National Liberation Army have been stepping up attacks on police targets in Colombia amid a standoff with conservative president Iván Duque over how to re-start stalled peace talks.”
Ivan Duque, the President of Colombia, has called the car bombing in Bogota “a despicable terrorist act.”
No suspects have been identified at this time.
Un carro bomba en la Escuela Militar General Santander hace unos minutos en Bogotá, deja hasta esta hora 4 muertos y grandes destrozos pic.twitter.com/Z2GhDNjzUF
— guajira grafica (@guajiragrafica) January 17, 2019
The General Santander National Police Academy is the main educational center for the Colombian National Police and functions as a university for the formation of its force. General Santander National Police Academy was opened between the years 1939 and 1940.
That is all the information available at this time. This article will be updated with new and relevant information should it become available.