News 18 january — 14:47

Truck-bomb blast at Colombia police academy kills 21


At least 21 people were killed and dozens wounded after a truck bomb exploded at a police academy in the Colombian capital, the worst attack in Bogota in 16 years, Al Jazeera reports.

Colombia' s government declared three days of mourning on Thursday as the blast also injured 68 others. The defence ministry said the "terrorist act" was carried out using a vehicle packed with 80 kilogrammes of explosives.

"Unfortunately, the preliminary toll is 21 people dead, including the person responsible for the incident, and 68 wounded," Colombian police said in a statement, adding 58 of those hurt had been discharged from the hospital.

The defence ministry previously reported 11 dead and 65 injured.

The scene outside the General Santander Police School in southern Bogota was chaotic in the immediate aftermath of the bombing, with ambulances and helicopters rushing to the normally tightly controlled facility.

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