Protesters rallying against violence following the attack in Colombia
Protesters rallying against violence following the attack in Colombia

ELN claims responsibility for Bogota attack

ANI | Updated: Jan 22, 2019 04:06 IST

Bogota [Colombia], Jan 22 (ANI): Colombia's National Liberation Army (ELN) has claimed responsibility for the Bogota bomb explosion near the General Santander National Police Academy last week that left 21 dead and wounded 68.
The group claimed that the attack was in retaliation for the government's bombings of its camps in spite of a ceasefire in place. "Therefore, the operation carried out against said establishment and troops is legal per the 'right of war'," CNN quoted ELN as stating.
Furthermore, the militant group called for a meeting with a government delegation for peace talks, opining, "War is not the future for Colombia, it is peace".
The driver of the explosive-laden vehicle has since been recognised as José Aldemar Rojas Rodríguez, who is one amongst the deceased. He reportedly rammed his vehicle, which carried explosives weighing around 80 kilograms, into the compound of the police academy at full speed and refused to stop despite being signalled to do so.
The gruesome attack outside the police academy on January 17 was severely condemned by Colombian President Ivan Duque, who announced a three-day period of mourning while labelling the incident as a terrorist attack. (ANI)