Incident Summary:

06/17/2017: An explosive device detonated in a restroom at the Centro Andino mall in Bogota, Colombia. Three people, including a French citizen, were killed and eight people were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the People's Revolutionary Movement (MRP). Sources also suspected the possible involvement of the National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN), which the group denied.

GTD ID:
201706170007

When:
2017-06-17

Country:
Colombia

Region:
South America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Bogota

City:
Bogota

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Zona Rosa neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Andino Shopping Centre
Specific Description Restroom
Nationality of Target Colombia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian: Julie Huynh
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A homemade explosive device 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 The victims included Colombian civilians Ana Maria Gutierrez and Lady Paola Jaimes Ovalle, and French civilian Nathalie Levrand. 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) (suspected) No
People's Revolutionary Movement (MRP) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 8
Number of Captured Perpetrators 8
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 8 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 8
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Colombian Police Arrest Eight in Mall Bombing Probe," New York Times, June 25, 2017."
"Three killed in Colombia blast," BBC, June 18, 2017."
"Popular mall in Colombia evacuated after explosion," CTV News, June 17, 2017."