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Published Friday, January 18, 2019
A car bomb exploded Thursday at a police academy in Bogota, leaving at least 11 people dead and dozens injured, Colombian police reported on Thursday.
Earlier in the day, AP reported, citing local police, that at least nine people were killed and 54 were injured on Thursday by a car bomb that went off in a police school in the Colombian capital of Bogota, AP news agency reported citing police.
This comes after Penalosa said earlier that five people died and ten other people were injured.
According to the Heraldo media outlet, the explosion took place early in the morning before the start of graduation ceremony and left 10 people injured.
Earlier, witnesses cited by the AP news agency said they heard a loud explosion which shattered windows in buildings in close proximity to the General Santander police academy.
Reacting to the reports, Colombian President Ivan Dugue Marquez wrote on Twitter that he immediately returned to Bogota and was going to the scene.
Previously, the president had plans to hold a meeting of the Security Council in the department of Choco on Thursday. Ambulances and helicopters rushed to the scene.
Bogota Terrorist Attack Facts
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Green