Bogota Bombing: Who Benefits From Renewed Political Violence in Colombia?

An injured woman is evacuated on a gurney after an explosion at the Centro Andino shopping center in Bogota, Colombia, June 17, 2017 (AP photo by Ricardo Mazalan).
An injured woman is evacuated on a gurney after an explosion at the Centro Andino shopping center in Bogota, Colombia, June 17, 2017 (AP photo by Ricardo Mazalan).
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On Saturday, June 17, the upscale Centro Andino shopping center in the Colombian capital, Bogota, was teeming with families, mostly women and children shopping the day before Father’s Day. At about 4 p.m., a powerful bomb went off in the women’s bathroom. The explosion killed three people, including a French woman, and injured 11 others. It also laid bare the obstacles along Colombia’s path to a sustainable peace. The immediate question, and one that authorities have not been able to answer, is who built and planted the bomb. But as investigators run down the clues and explore various theories, the […]

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