No Pinoy hurt in Bogota attack


Posted at Jan 19 2019 09:55 AM

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Floral tributes left to the victims of a car bomb attack that killed 21 people and injured more than 80, lay outside General Santander Police Academy in Bogota, on January 18, 2019. Daniel Munoz, AFP

MANILA – No Filipino was hurt in a car bombing at a police academy in Bogota, Colombia that left 21 people dead and 68 others injured on Thursday.

The Philippine Embassy in Brasilia, which has jurisdiction over Colombia, reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) that the 140 Filipinos in the area were safe. 

The DFA also extended its sympathies to the families of victims. 

Ambassador Marichu Mauro said a truck packed with 80 kilograms of the explosive pentolite exploded after ramming a wall inside the General Santander police academy while a cadet promotion activity was taking place.

Colombian President Ivan Duque described the incident as a terrorist act and declared three days of national mourning.