Security forces stand guard outside the police cadet training school in Bogota, where an apparent car bomb attack left at least four people dead and 10 injured on January 17, 2019.

Picture copyright
AFP

Picture caption

The police academy is situated within the south of the capital

A big explosion has killed at the least eight individuals within the Colombian capital, Bogotá, the nation’s defence ministry says.

The blast occurred exterior a faculty for police cadets within the south of the town.

Thirty-eight individuals have been reportedly injured within the blast which occurred at 09:30 native time (14:30 GMT).

Photographs present a charred car in entrance of the Common Santander faculty, which is situated in a working-class space of Bogotá.

Colombian President Iván Duque, who was within the west of the nation on the time of what he stated was an “assault”, tweeted that he would return to the capital instantly.

He stated Colombians wouldn’t “bow to violence”.

Bogotá’s mayor Enrique Peñalosa said he condemned the “terrorist act” however to date the authorities haven’t stated who could also be behind the explosion.

Colombian radio station RCN tweeted footage of the scene of the blast.

Automobile bombs weren’t unusual in the course of the decades-long battle between the Colombian authorities and left-wing rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc).

However native media say there was no such blast previously 9 years.

The Farc signed a peace settlement with the federal government in November 2016 and the group has since turn into a political occasion.

One other insurgent group, the Nationwide Liberation Military (ELN), nevertheless, remains to be energetic.