Colombia police station bomb kills five officers

At least three police officers killed and 14 others injured in lethal bomb attack in Colombia

Bomb Attack at Police Station in Colombia: Three Killed, 30 Injured - Reports

At least three policemen were killed and 23 were injured in an explosives attack on a police station in Barranquilla, Colombia's biggest port city on the Caribbean coast.

ELN Rebels Claim Responsibility for Police Station Bombing The group said it carried out the attack because it feels that the government “is refusing to give answers to the needs of the people, is inventing excuses for not guaranteeing their rights and is using the public forces to repress the people”. The individual was found near the site of the bombing with radio equipment and plans of the police station.

"More so, with effective and overwhelming police work, with the help of prosecutor's office, the author of the attack has been captured".

Barranquilla Mayor Alejandro Char quickly blamed drug traffickers for the attack.

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"I have taken the decision to suspend the start of the fifth cycle of negotiations that were scheduled for the coming days, given that ELN is not matching its words with actions", President Juan Manuel Santos said in an address.

Worldwide media reported that the attack was in vengeance for a police crackdown on drug smuggling and criminal cartel activity in the city.

Colombia is the world's top producer of cocaine, and criminal groups have flooded the country's main cities with drugs in a move known as "microtrafficking".

"We haven't seen so many dead police since the times of Escobar", one Twitter user wrote.

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The former rebels, whose new political party was kicking off its campaign for Colombia's presidency on Saturday, expressed their "radical condemnation" of the attack against their former battlefield enemies.

But Colombia has also recently been hit by multiple attacks from the National Liberation Army, or E.L.N., a smaller leftist guerrilla group, which has launched a series of attacks against security forces and oil infrastructure.

The Colombian police already reported on their Twitter microblog that authorities have already detained one suspected of involvement in the blast. Some 37 homes were destroyed, according to the Interior Ministry. Since Ecuador lacks major drug crops, authorities there fight against gangs that store narcotics.

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