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Car Bomb Blast: Death Toll Increases To 21

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The death toll from a car bomb blast outside a police academy has increased to 21, Colombian police said on Friday.

“The blast at the General Santander Police Academy in southern Bogota left 68 people wounded, 58 of whom had been discharged from the hospital,’’ Agence France-Presse reported, citing a statement from the Colombian police.

Officials quickly identified the perpetrator as Jose Aldemar Rojas, saying that in the attack, he drove into the academy aboard his 1993 gray Nissan Patrol car that was loaded with 80 kg of pentolite, a composite high explosive.

Pentolite is a composite high explosive used for military and civilian purposes, it can penetrate as much as 5 inches (127 mm) of armour plate.

According to the statement, Rojas died in the bombing.

“Colombia is saddened but will not bow down to violence.

“This demented terrorist act will not go unpunished’’ Colombian President Ivan Duque, who canceled a Security Council meeting he was scheduled to attend in Quibdo, Choco, in order to return to Bogota.

Prosecutor General Nestor Humberto Martinez said officials are investigating who ordered the bombing.

 

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