Colombia hunts ‘terrorists’:
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)