13 people injured in explosion at Colombian police station


On August 30, 2021, police officers inspected the damage at a police station after a bomb exploded near the Venezuelan border in Cucuta, Colombia. (Ferley Ospina / AP Photo)

Bogotá, Colombia-At least 13 people were injured in an explosion at a police station near the Colombian-Venezuelan border, a Cucuta city official said Monday.

According to police, the explosion was caused by an “improvised explosive device” left at a station in one of Cucuta’s low-income districts.

So far, authorities have refrained from blaming armed groups operating in the area. In June, a car bomb at a military base in Cucuta injured 44 people, including several US soldiers there to train Colombian military personnel. Ten days later, President Ivan Duque’s helicopter was shot as he approached the city’s airport.

Cucuta is the capital of northern Santander, which straddles the border with Venezuela, and is one of Colombia’s leading cocaine producing regions. Recently, several armed groups, including the National Liberation Army, a left-wing terrorist group, and a group led by a former member of FARC, a terrorist group that has made peace with Colombia, are fighting over drug trafficking routes and coca fields in Northern Santander. increase. 2016 government.

Associated Press