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Colombia: two “terrorist” explosions are injured in Bogota

Two explosions, termed “terrorist acts” by the Colombian defense minister, were held Thursday, July 2nd in Bogota, one of them having made at least ten wounded according to the latest official figures.

The first blast, which occurred around 15 h 45 local time (22: 45 pm in Paris) “at the corner of 72 Street and Route 10″ , in the financial center of the capital, was reported by firefighters on their Twitter account. They reported shortly after a second explosion in an industrial area of ​​Bogota. “No person has been seriously injured” , said the municipal authorities and the Metropolitan Police, citing scratches and hearing trauma.

The first elements of the investigation show that explosive devices were “low power” and were triggered after warnings, said the defense minister, Luis Carlos Villegas told a press conference. “These are terrorist acts, no doubt, but these are facts that should not generate in people a sense that law enforcement is absent” Mr. Villegas said. He added that the investigation was “very advanced” through the efforts of prosecutors and intelligence services and that he expected positive results “in no time” .

Six explosions in two months

President Juan Manuel Santos, traveling in Peru, was to return at night in Bogota “to assess measures security “, announced the Interior Minister, Juan Fernando Cristo, on his Twitter account.

The two explosions targeted the buildings of the pension fund company Porvenir, which is part of the conglomerate Colombian magnate Luis Carlos Sarmiento. North of the city, in the financial district, an AFP journalist could see after the explosion shattered windows and vehicles for demining teams.

“It made a noise very strong “, reported Argemiro Sanchez, a street vendor, 52 factual witness. The blasts came as the country is experiencing a resurgence of armed conflict between for over 50 years the state of the guerrillas and criminal groups. Between February and March 2015, at least six low-power devices have exploded in different parts of the capital and is about twenty wounded.

The incidents were attributed to a criminal band acting on behalf of the National Liberation Army (ELN), the second of the country after the guerrilla Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)

The FARC lead for more than two years of peace talks in Cuba offshore, while the ELN has so far as “exploratory contacts” with the Colombian government. The last major bombing in Bogota took place in May 2012, when an attack against former Interior Minister Fernando Londoño Hoyos had killed his driver and one of his bodyguards.

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