Incident Summary:

02/19/2017: An explosive device detonated targeting police forces near a bullring in La Macarena neighborhood, Bogota, Colombia. One police officer was killed and 26 people, including 24 officers and two civilians, were injured in the blast. The National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for the repressive actions of the anti-disturbance police.




South America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in La Macarena 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
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
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 homemade explosive device utilizing a mobile phone as a triggering mechanism was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
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 most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 26 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 26
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"ELN primary suspect in Bogota bomb attack," Colombia Reports, February 20, 2017."
"ELN rebels claim responsibility for Bogota bomb attack that killed cop," EFE, February 27, 2017."
"Investigation Points to ELN Rebels as Probable Author of Bogota Bomb Attack," Latin American Herald Tribune, February 21, 2017."