In an attack on a police Academy in the Colombian capital Bogota are at least 20 people were killed. Also, the attacker in the attack killed, told the Colombian police. 68 people had been injured.

A man had to leave on Thursday on the grounds of the General Santander police officer school in Bogota, a car bomb detonate. The head of state, Iván Duque denounced the act as a “wretched act of terrorism”.

The investigators identified ELN the offender as a member of the leftist guerrilla organization. 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. Whether the attack by the ELN was arranged is unclear. The leadership of the rebels have not commented initially.

The attack was perpetrated during a promotion ceremony at the police Academy. On television images of the police school, the burnt-out wreck of a vehicle, and several ambulances were to be seen. The police sealed off the site of the attack, in the whole of the South of the Colombian capital city of a large contingent of security forces was in use.

Colombia suffered from decades of armed conflict between the armed forces, leftist guerrilla groups and right-wing paramilitaries. Rebel groups and the Medellín cartel drug boss Pablo Escobar committed, especially in the eighties, a succession of serious bomb attacks in the capital, Bogotá.

the Last had improved the security situation in the South American country. The largest rebel organization Farc has in the meantime concluded a peace Treaty with the government, and the weapons put down. However, the smaller guerrilla group fighting ELN is still against the state. Also, criminal syndicates involved in drug smuggling, and the return of bloody clashes with the police and the armed forces.

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