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A police officer carries a bomb detector on the street where a small bomb exploded in a building, at Chapinero area in Bogota June 20, 2014. Two policemen were injured in the incident, local authorities said.    REUTERS/John Vizcaino (COLOMBIA - Tags: DISASTER)

A police officer carries a bomb detector on the street where a small bomb exploded in a building, at Chapinero area in Bogota June 20, 2014. Two policemen were injured in the incident, local authorities said. REUTERS/John Vizcaino (COLOMBIA - Tags: DISASTER)

Publicado 23 junio 2014

A strong explosion apparently caused by a bomb rattled this Friday a police station and shattered nearby buildings in the Colombian capital Bogota, causing injuries to at least three people, according to preliminary official reports and witnesses.

No group or person has claimed responsibility for the detonation registered at around 4:40pm this Friday at a park called Lourdes, in the Chapinero zone of the city. The police station was immediately evacuated, officials said.

There are official reports that indicate that two persons were seen placing the bomb at the police station.

Health Minister Giovanny Rubiano García reported there is one policeman seriously injured, while one other officer and a civilian suffered only acoustic lesions.

Witnesses told news reports at the scene that ambulances transported at least three people – two policemen and one civilian – to hospital.

A preliminary police report says 500 grams of Pentolite was used to fabricate the artifact.

Police officials cordoned off the affected area and fireman also arrived at the scene to assist with emergency operations.

Various windows of nearby buildings were shattered by the explosion, which was heard many blocks away, according to people in the area.

Despite the fact authorities have not made yet a public announcement, the mayor of Bogota Gustavo Pietro twitted asking “prudence by those who are transiting near Lourdes.”

This is the second explosion in Bogota in less than two months. May 9, an artifact exploded in Teusaquillo, a zone of the capital, near an ATM machine outside the Bank of Bogota. The explosion caused minor injuries to three people.


 


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