A terrorist attack in Bogota‘s largest shopping mall killed one and injured at least 11 people, the Mayor of Colombia’s capital said.
In a statement by the Mayor, Enrique Peñalosa, one person was killed in the “terrorist attack.” Media or other authorities did not immediately confirm or deny whether the shopping mall had been bombed or that the explosion was due to an accident.
Colombian television journalist Alejandro Giraldo, the fatal victim is a 23-year-old woman from France.
The devastating explosion took place on Saturday around 5PM in a women's bathroom on the second floor of the Andino shopping mall, located in one of Bogota’s most exclusive neighborhoods in the west of the city.
A warning from the National Police issues a few weeks ago that paramilitary group AGC was planning to carry out terrorist attacks “in Medellin and/or Bogota.”
However, bomb attacks that have occurred previously in Bogota were commonly blamed on urban militias or gangs loyal to guerrilla groups ELN and the now-demobilized FARC guerrilla group.
Statements from local newspaper El Tiempo, some 500 people were in the vicinity of the bathroom when the explosion took place.
Several anti-explosives agents and firemen were sent to the shopping mall, while guards and local police evacuated the building, the newspaper reported.