5 officers killed, dozens injured in bomb attack on Colombian police station

Alex Char arrives to the police station in San Jose district in the town of Barranquilla

The incident came a day after a bombing attack against a police station in the city of Barranquilla, leaving five officers dead and 41 injured.

Rodrigo Londono, the former leader of the FARC guerrilla group and now its candidate in presidential elections this year, also "vehemently" condemned the Barranquilla attack.

According to the media, the assailants threw an explosive at the police station building at about 6:40 a.m. local time (10:40 a.m. GMT), during a police morning briefing.

"More so, with effective and overwhelming police work, with the help of prosecutor's office, the author of the attack has been captured". "We're not going to allow a few bandits to disturb the peace of Barranquilla".

"We have no doubt that this is in retaliation against so many good blows that the police have landed not only on drug traffickers in Barranquilla, but also outside the city", Barranquilla Mayor Alejandro Char said.

Authorities offered a $18,000 United States reward for information on those responsible for the attack. The rebels long funded their insurgency by playing a dominant role in Colombia's criminal underworld and their retreat has left valuable drug smuggling routes up for grabs. That led to the rebels' disarmament and transformation into a political party.

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"I want to clarify that the rapid action of authorities and public forces has allowed the capture of one suspect of the attack in Barranquilla".

President Juan Manuel Santos sent his condolences to the families of those killed and injured, and said on Twitter that the government would not rest until those responsible were brought to justice.

The aftermath of deadly double bomb blasts in Colombia, targeting police stations on Sunday. Some 37 homes were destroyed, according to the Interior Ministry.

At least 13 police officers were being treated for light wounds. The individual was found near the site of the bombing with radio equipment and plans of the police station.

Police said the bomb was attached to the side of the outpost. The Marxist rebel army turned over its weapons in June past year after signing a peace deal with the government in November 2016.

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