Colom­bia hunts ‘ter­ror­ists’:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Colom­bia’s lead­ers and main rebel groups pledged Sun­day that a mall bomb­ing that killed three women would not dis­rupt the coun­try’s peace process, even as au­thor­i­ties scram­bled to find out who was be­hind the car­nage.

The vic­tims — two Colom­bians and a French­woman — per­ished when a de­vice ex­ploded in a ladies’ re­stroom in the crowded Andino shop­ping cen­ter in Bogota on Satur­day. At least nine peo­ple were also wounded, of­fi­cials said.

Pres­i­dent Juan Manuel San­tos called the in­ci­dent a ter­ror­ist at­tack.

Rebel groups con­demned the blast and said it was an at­tempt to un­der­mine their ef­forts with the govern­ment to end Colom­bia’s half-cen­tury civil con­flict.

Po­lice said the ex­plo­sion oc­curred at about 5:00 pm (2200 GMT) on Satur­day, send­ing peo­ple run­ning for their lives. Na­tional po­lice chief Gen­eral Jorge Ni­eto told re­porters “a de­vice” was placed “be­hind one of the toi­lets in the women’s bath­room.” (AFP)

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