- Officers were targeted as they lined up for orders in Barranquilla, Colombia
- Attack believed to be a response to clamp-down on gangs by authorities
- One person arrested in connection to the attack. Other suspects are wanted
At least three police officers have been killed and 14 other wounded after a bomb exploded outside a police station in the Colombian’s city of Barranquilla.
Officers were targeted early in the morning as they gathered in the San Jose district of the city to receive their orders for the day, Brigadier General Mariano de la Cruz Botero said.
At least three police officers have been killed and 14 other wounded after a bomb exploded outside a police station in the Colombian’s city of Barranquilla
Alex Char arrives to the police station in San Jose district, in the town of Barranquilla
Botero said: ‘We think it could be retaliation by these groups [crime gangs] who have recently been greatly impacted.’
One person has been arrested in connection to the attack and police say there are a number of other suspects wanted.
The identities of those killed or injured in the blast remains unclear.
President Juan Manuel Santos sent his condolences to the families of those injured and killed in the attack and promised that the government would work tirelessly to bring those responsible to justice.
A policeman looks at the police station in San Jose district, after an explosive device, reportedly placed in one of the police station’s walls exploaded in the town of Barranquilla