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Colombia’s defense minister has confirmed that 36 people were injured by two large explosions at a military base in Cucuta – three of them seriously wounded.
Diego Molano told reporters, ‘We reject and repudiate this vile and terrorist act which sought to attack the soldiers of Colombia.’ He added that two men in a white Toyota pickup truck drove into the facility, used by the 30th Brigade of the National Army, after representing themselves as officials. They apparently set the bombs off sometime later.
Molano said he would leave for Cucuta immediately to investigate along with General Luis Jimenez, the general commander of Colombia’s armed forces. According to military sources cited by Reuters, both civilians and army personnel were injured. The number of civilians wounded was not specified.
Molano said the government’s ‘initial hypothesis’ is that the National Liberation Army rebel group may be responsible. However, ‘dissidents’ with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia are under suspicion too – though no suspects have been identified.
As of now, no group has claimed responsibility.
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In This Story: Colombia
Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia, is a transcontinental country largely in the north of South America, with territories in North America. Colombia is bounded on the north by the Caribbean Sea, the northwest by Panama, the south by Ecuador and Peru, the east by Venezuela, the southeast by Brazil, and the west by the Pacific Ocean.
The capital is Bogotá, the country’s largest city. With over 50 million inhabitants Colombia is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse countries in the world. The Republic of Colombia was declared in 1886. Panama seceded in 1903.
Colombia’s territory encompasses Amazon rainforest, highlands, grasslands, and deserts, and it is the only country in South America with coastlines and islands along both the Atlantic and Pacific.