BOGOT.- At least five people were killed and several more injured in a car bombing on a highway in the troubled Cauca department in southwestern Colombia, authorities confirmed. The fire commander of the municipality of Rosas, Víctor Mondragón, noted that the death toll is preliminary and that several others were injured.
The explosion, he said, also caused a bus and three other vehicles to fire. The Governor of Cauca, Elías Larrahondo, detailed that the attack occurred in a sector known as Párraga and that the Emergency and Emergency Regulatory Center (CRUE) was activated before it. We coordinated with the Public Force and investigative agencies to clarify the facts and find those responsible,» he said on Twitter.The military and police authorities had not commented on the attack. The Ombudsman’s Office, meanwhile, called the event «a cruel and indiscriminate act that violates International Humanitarian Law». «We condemn their occurrence, we stand in solidarity with the victims and the Caucasian people. We expect urgent action from the authorities,» the agency added. The department of Cauca is immersed in a spiral of violence generated by territorial disputes of different groups outside the law such as farc dissents, the guerrillas of the National Liberation Army (ELN) and Mexican drug trafficking cartels.