Incident Summary:

12/28/2016: An explosive device detonated targeting police officers investigating an earlier attack at a police checkpoint in Tocra, Bogota, Colombia. At least seven officers were injured in blast. This was one of two coordinated attacks on police in the area on the same date. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN).




South America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Torca neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity National Police of Colombia
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Remote Trigger
Weapon Details
A remote-controlled explosive device containing 500 grams of ammonal was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 7 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 7
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Colombian policeman killed in attack on checkpoint," BBC, December 29, 2016."
"ELN rebels kill cop, wound seven: Colombian govt," Agence France-Presse Top News (English), t, December 29, 2016."
"Colombia Guerrilla Update: Presumed ELN Rebels Murder Policeman in Torca, Bogota," Summary, December 30, 2016."