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Who is Responsible for the Explosions in Bogota, Colombia?

Andreína Márquez ‏@mintina  Jul 2 Vamos caminando normal en #Bogotá y explota un paquete bomba en la Calle 72 con novena, en la sede @PorvenirOficial

Photo showing the facade of the office of organization Porvenir in Bogota where one of the bombs exploded.  Image from Twitter user, Andreína Márquez ‏@mintina

On July 4, the explosion of two devices – within an hour of each other – in the north and west of Bogota left eight people injured and led to much speculation about who was behind the attacks. No group claimed responsibility. The explosions took place as the Colombian government and militant group FARC in Havana continued peace talks in Havana.

It is naive to believe that two bombs explode in Bogota and the authorities can hide it. The Twitter community will not allow it.

The bomb nightmare returns to Colombia. The usual suspects. Those who speak of peace with weapons in their hands.

Such sadness that people are defending the FARC as it would seem it was the ELN who planted the bombs in Bogota. Terrorists are terrorists and that's it!

Terrorism in Bogota: The use of pentolite and remote detonation by mobile phone suggest there is a professional terrorist cell behind the attack

Who planted the bombs this afternoon? The question must be asked: who stands to gain from this?

The Twitter community is debating who planted the bombs. Candidates: the FARC or extreme right. There's no room for other options, right? Or is it more radical?

The first explosion took place at 15:45 local time (20:45GMT) and approximately one hour later, another office belonging to a financial institution was shaken by a second explosion.

Some relate this attack with the upcoming regional elections in Colombia scheduled for October 25, where government positions, deputies of departmental assemblies, mayors, municipal councillors and mayors of local administrative boards will be chosen:

With bells and whistles began the official electoral campaign for the Democratic Centre in Bogota.

A society where politicians rise in the polls according to the rise in number of bombs and deaths, is a lost society. What a shame for Colombia.

Trivia: Who planted the bombs in Bogota? – White on the outside, eaten fried and in the centre….. democratic😉

Following the incidents, false recordings of people announcing further possible attacks were made public according to the National Police, who then made an appeal to citizens not to replicate the messages on social networks; the initiative has received a lot of support:

The story of a car bomb and its eventual detonation in Bogota is completely unfounded. Don't believe in rumours

The person that recorded the audio warning of false bombs should be criminally punished. It is an act of terrorism equal to that of the bombs.

Please do not believe in false bomb stories or any other perverse messages. We will notify of any developments through official channels of communication.

Colombian authorities are still investigating the explosions at the offices of pension fund Porvenir, while at a press conference the Mayor of Bogota, Gustavo Petro pointed the finger at members of the Domingo Laín Front, from the guerrilla group ELN (National Liberation Army), as those presumed responsible for the attack.

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