News Alerts

22 Jan 2019 | 02:47 AM UTC

Colombia: ELN claims responsibility for Bogotá car bomb attack /update 3

Colombia News Alert

ELN claims responsibility for fatal January 17 car bomb attack on Bogotá police academy, urges Colombian government to resume peace negotiations

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/21/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/24/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Bogota). COUNTRY/REGION Bogotá, Caribbean coast

Read all related news alert(s):


On Monday, January 21, the National Liberation Army (ELN) issued a statement claiming responsibility for the January 17 suicide car bomb attack on the Santander Police School in Bogotá that left at least 20 people dead and 68 more wounded. The guerrilla group stated that the attack was carried out as a legitimate act of war in response to military attacks on their camps in late 2018 despite a unilateral Christmas ceasefire declared by the ELN. The rebel group also called on the government to resume peace negotiations.


Peace talks between the government and the ELN, which has conducted an ongoing armed insurgency since the 1960s, were put on hold after President Ivan Duque assumed power in 2018. President Duque has previously said he will only resume negotiations with the ELN once the group ceases all attacks and releases all hostages; in the wake of last week's bombing, Duque announced he was reinstating the arrest warrants for the ELN members currently part of the rebel group's peace talks delegation.


Individuals in Colombia are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant at all times, and anticipate a heightened security presence in the capital. 


Copyright and Disclaimer
GardaWorld is the owner or licensee of all intellectual property rights in the material presented on this website. All such rights are reserved. The use of this website and its material is subject to the Terms of Use and accordingly you must not use any content from this website for commercial or other analogous purposes without our consent, including but not limited to any deep-linking or framing in order to copy, distribute, display or monitor any portion of the website. If you have any questions or are interested in distributing any content from this website, Contact us for more details.

Related news