BOGOTA Colombian authorities suspect Marxist ELN rebels were being guiding a bomb attack near Bogota’s bullring on Sunday, leaving dozens of law enforcement officers hurt as they well prepared for anti-bullfighting protests in Colombia’s money.
“It can be a speculation we are investigating,” Bogota law enforcement main Standard Hoover Penilla advised reporters on Monday. Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas also stated it was the “most-possible speculation.”
The blast, which brought about harm to drinking water pipes and smashed windows, appeared to be timed to coincide with the gathering of riot law enforcement ahead of a bullfight. Twenty-six individuals, typically law enforcement, were being hurt.
Villegas advised nearby W Radio the system was most likely activated remotely by a mobile cellular phone and that suspects have been discovered.
If proved to be the Nationwide Liberation Military (ELN), the attack will anger President Juan Manuel Santos who is engaged in peace talks with the rebel group in Ecuador.
The ELN, which has about 1,five hundred combatants have stepped up attacks on economic infrastructure considering that talks began this month. There have been two bombings of an oil pipeline in fewer than a 7 days and the kidnapping of an elderly man.
Santos is trying to get to stop a war with the ELN, which has battled dozens of governments considering that it was founded 5 decades ago.
The Innovative Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the greatest rebel group in the South American country, signed a peace accord late past yr and is now planning to flip in its weapons.
It was originally assumed that the attack was in relation to the bullfight. Hundreds of protesters have gathered weekly to reveal in opposition to bullfighting in Bogota, which resumed past month for the to start with time immediately after getting banned 4 yrs ago.
The ban was lifted by the Constitutional Court, which stated it was section of the nationwide heritage, prompting weekly clashes with law enforcement.
(Reporting by Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta Editing by Alan Crosby)