Bombing in Corinto on Friday injured 43 folks, together with a number of public officers, defence minister says.
The federal government of Colombia has accused dissidents of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) of detonating a automotive bomb on Friday that injured dozens of individuals together with a number of public officers.
Defence Minister Diego Molano mentioned early on Saturday that 43 folks had been injured within the bombing within the city of Corinto, about 60km (37 miles) south of Cali in western Colombia.
Six folks had been severely harm, whereas 20 others suffered minor accidents, Molano mentioned.
“We specific our solidarity with all these affected by this indiscriminate terrorist assault that came about … with a automotive bomb in entrance of the mayor’s workplace in Corinto,” he mentioned in a recorded video assertion.
He blamed the assault on the Dagoberto Ramos Cell Column, a dissident group of the FARC.
FARC dissidents rejected a 2016 peace deal which ended the group’s half within the armed battle in Colombia, which has left 260,000 useless and thousands and thousands displaced.
Colombian authorities officers and the military have mentioned some 2,500 to three,000 FARC dissidents stay all through the nation.
President Ivan Duque condemned the bombing on Friday, saying, “Those that use the sort of apply are the enemies of peace in our nation.”
The United Nations mission to Colombia additionally condemned the assault and expressed solidarity for the victims and their households.
“We name for the implementation of concrete measures for the great safety of the communities and the strengthening of safety ensures within the territories affected by the violence,” it mentioned in a statement on Friday.
Colombia has seen a rise in violence throughout the previous yr.
In a report launched final week, the Worldwide Committee of the Crimson Cross (ICRC) mentioned 389 people were killed by explosive devices in 2020 throughout the nation – the very best whole since 2016 – and a lot of the victims had been civilians.
The ICRC additionally mentioned 571 folks have been reported lacking since 2016 – a median of 1 lacking individual each three days.
In early March, the federal government mentioned the Colombian military bombed a base utilized by FARC dissidents within the nation’s southeast, killing 10 dissidents and injured three others.
Earlier this week, one in every of Colombia’s most infamous ex-FARC leaders known as on the US Congress to ask for assist implementing the peace settlement.
In a letter, Rodrigo Londono asked Congress “to start the promising means of growing our nation to embrace lasting proposals to eradicate drug trafficking, modernize the territory and shield life”.