A suspected vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) detonated at the Santander Police School in Bogotá at approximately 09:45 (local time) on Thursday, January 17. The explosion killed at least eight people and wounded at least 43 others. Security forces and emergency services have established a cordon in the vicinity of the blast, and officials are treating the incident as a terrorist attack. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing. Officials report that the casualties figure may rise as recovery efforts continue. A heightened security presence is to be expected in Bogotá over the coming hours, particularly near the site of the attack.
Various armed groups are active in Colombia, including drug cartels, right-wing militias, local gangs, paramilitary crime organizations (BACRIM), the ELN guerrilla group, and ex-FARC dissidents.
Individuals in Bogotá are advised to avoid the area of the blast, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to instructions and advice issued by their home governments.