A car bomb loaded with 100 kg of dynamite exploded in the Veracruz neighborhood in downtown Bogotá. Twenty people died and more than 70 were injured.
On January 30, 1993, an explosive was detonated in the center of the Colombian capital. The explosion killed 20 people and injured 70. The victims were mostly street sellers and passers-by, some of them children, who were in the area looking for school supplies.
The blast left a crater 1.95 m wide and 96 cm deep, and wreaked havoc on the area. It affected electricity, telephone and water services and destroyed numerous commercial establishments, offices and apartments.
After the incident, a special security council meeting was held in Bogotá, comprised of the Central Directorate of the Judicial Police and Intelligence and the 13th Army Brigade. Additionally, security measures were reinforced in the city, and mobile police checkpoints and raids of hotels and parking lots were increased to prevent possible terrorist attacks and to find the perpetrators of the crime.
El presidente atribuye al ‘narco’ Escobar el atentado con 20 muertos en Bogotá (Presidents Blames ‘Narco’ Escobar for the Attack that Killed 20 in Bogotá).
El País, February 1, 1993.
El coletazo (The Backlash).
Semana, February 22, 1993.