30/01/1993
Bomb in Veracruz Neighborhood

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.

President César Gaviria Trujillo indicated that Pablo Escobar was responsible for this terrorist attack in the Veracruz neighborhood.

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.

Share

Related stories