World Colombia car bomb at military base injures at least 36
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“The peace process has opened up a space for other concerns and for other political debates.”Cali is the epicenter of the unrest that has convulsed Colombia for more than a month. A tax reform bill proposed by right-wing President Ivan Duque sparked protests in late April, with thousands responding to a call from national labor unions to push against the measure.
A car bomb targeting soldiers exploded at amilitary base Tuesday, injuring at least 36 people, according to officials.
At least three of those injured are in critical condition.
Defense Minister Diego Molano described the blast as a "vileattack."
He suggested that the attack could have been perpetrated by either the National Liberation Army, (ELN) – Colombia's largest remaining rebel group – or dissident members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, though he offered no evidence for either claim.
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The explosion occurred in Cucuta, which shares a border with Venezuela and is the capital of North Santander state. Criminal groups fight overthere and use the loosely patrolled border town to smuggle fuel and weapons.
Videos posted on social media on Tuesday showed dark columns of smoke rising from the base followed by a loud explosion that shattered windows and destroyed offices.
The explosion comes as anti-government protests appear to wind down in Colombia, with protest leaders announcing Tuesday that they will suspend marches that have been going on for seven weeks. At least 50 people have died in the protests over poverty and growing inequality, which started on April 28.
Molano said Tuesday's explosion occurred shortly after 3 p.m. local time when men disguised as soldiers drove a white pickup truck into the base.
In 2019, a car bomb set off by the ELN at a police academy in Bogota, killed 21 people and prompted the government to end peace talks with the rebel group.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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