At 10 pm on May 17, 2001, a guerilla faction detonated a car bomb at Parque Lleras in Medellín in response to the persecution of them by the paramilitary groups.
The explosion of the vehicle, which was parked in front of Café Orleans, killed eight people and injured 145. The El Colombiano newspaper indicated that at the time, it had been loaded with 60 kg of dynamite. However, in 2014, Semana magazine confirmed that it was loaded with 20 kg of Indugel explosives.
The investigations concluded that it was a crime perpetrated by La Terraza gang to take revenge for the attacks the paramilitary groups executed, after discovering a plot to murder their boss, Carlos Castaño.
After a special security council meeting in Medellín, President of Colombia Andrés Pastrana traveled to the affected area and announced that the government would invest around COP 5,000 million in cameras and other equipment to reinforce security. He also reported that they would create three lines of soft loans for the owners of the affected housing and business establishments for working capital, repairs, and to buy and replace equipment.
Alias “El Gato”, a member of La Terraza, who had planted the car bomb, was kidnapped in Envigado in the middle of 2003 and later killed on the order of Diego Fernando Murillo Bejarano, alias “Don Berna”, the former commander of the Bloque Cacique Nutibara paramilitary group.
El expediente de la bomba del Parque Lleras en Medellín (The Investigation into the Parque Lleras Bomb in Medellín).
Semana, August 1, 2014.
Conmemoran diez años del carro-bomba en El Poblado, en Medellín (Commemoration of Ten Years since the Car Bomb in El Poblado Neighborhood, Medellín).
Caracol Radio, May 20, 2011.