Colombia hunts ‘terrorists’ behind deadly mall bombing

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BOGOTA: Colombia’s leaders and main rebel groups pledged on Sunday (Monday in Manila) that a mall bombing that killed three women would not disrupt the country’s peace process, even as authorities scrambled to find out who was behind the carnage. The victims—two Colombians and a Frenchwoman—perished when a device exploded in a ladies’ restroom in the Andino shopping center in Bogota at about 5 p.m. on Saturday. At least nine people were also wounded, officials said. President Juan Manuel Santos called the incident a terrorist attack. Rebel groups condemned the blast and said it was an attempt to undermine their efforts with the government to end Colombia’s half-century civil conflict. Authorities have “three concrete hypotheses” on the perpetrators, Santos said Sunday after meeting with investigators, but declined to elaborate to avoid harming the probe.

AFP

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