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22 jan. 2019 | 02h47 UTC

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

Colombia Alerte de sécurité

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

TIMEFRAME expected from 21/1/2019, 12h00 until 24/1/2019, 11h59 (America/Bogota). COUNTRY/REGION Bogotá, Caribbean coast

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Event

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.

Context

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.

Advice

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. 

 

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