Car bomb at Telecom

The Telecom building suffered damages in the long-distance calls section where there are nearly 20 telephone booths. Photo: El Colombiano.

In Medellín, near the buildings of Telecom, Banco de la República and Banco Cafetero, a car bomb exploded, producing losses of COP 372 million.

On February 25, 1993, at 9:55 p.m., a car bomb loaded with 90 kilos of dynamite exploded at the intersection of Carrera Palacé and Calle Ayacucho. The vehicle had been stolen in Envigado on the same day of the attack.

“All this is very sad, and if this keeps up people are going to be afraid to come downtown. We already saw how our sales dropped last December, and now they will drop even more. Now, when you leave in the morning, you never know if you’ll return home,” declared citizen Marco Tulio Uribe to
El Mundo, on February 27, 1992.

At the time, some news stories reported 15 people injured, whereas other reported 41. Some of the affected citizens were Iván Álvarez, Julio César López, José Luis Villas, Juan Carlos Rendón and Albeiro Henao; and the policemen Alberto Polo, Elvin Montoya and Olmedo Muñoz.

The authorities estimated that material losses from the explosion totaled COP 372 million. The blast wave produced damages to 47 retail business and six buildings, including those of Banco de la República, Telecom, Edificio del Café, Hernán Siegert and the Cafetero shopping center. Nine vehicles were also semi-destroyed: two private automobiles, six taxis and one bus.

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