Three killed in blast at Colombia shopping centre


June 18, 2017

Three women have been killed in the Colombian capital, Bogotá, in what the authorities say was a terrorist attack.

An explosion occurred at a shopping centre in the busy Zona Rosa area. Eleven other people were injured in the attack.

Bogota’s mayor Enrique Penalosa said that one of those who died was from France.

The authorities say they believe the explosion was caused by a small bomb in a ladies toilet.

The attack happened on a busy Saturday afternoon, when the Andino shopping centre was full of people buying presents for Father’s Day, being celebrated on Sunday.

A 23-year-old French woman, Julie Huynh, who had been working as a volunteer at a school in the south of the city was the first victim to be identified.

Ana María Gutiérrez, 27, and Lady Paola Jaimes Ovalle, 31, were taken to hospital, but were later pronounced dead.

Another French citizen, Nathalie Levrand, 48, was admitted with soft tissue trauma, said medical staff at Bogotá Country Clinic.

 

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Source: BBC News.