Three women are dead, and another 11 have been seriously wounded in a “cowardly terrorist attack” at a shopping centre in the Colombian capital Bogota.
Hundreds of people were forced to run for their lives on Saturday afternoon after a bomb reportedly exploded in the women’s bathroom of the upscale Centro Andino Mall.
Bogota Mayor Enrique Penalosa confirmed the deaths in a statement posted to his official twitter account.
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“I regret to inform that 3 women were killed by a bomb in the Andino Centre. Another is in serious condition, but not at risk of death.”
Lamento informar que son 3 las mujeres fallecidas por bomba en Centro Andino. Otra está grave, pero no en riesgo de muerte.
— Enrique Peñalosa (@EnriquePenalosa) June 18, 2017
It’s understood one of the victims was a 23-year-old French woman who had been working in the area as a volunteer for six months.
The two other victims are Colombians aged 27 and 31, local media say.
Mayor Penalosa described the explosion as a “cowardly terrorist attack.”
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) June 18, 2017
Three women were killed and nine others were wounded in the wake of a blast striking a shopping center in Colombia’a capital on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/blhfNe4UGv
— Tom Xu (@Xuzhiqin16) June 18, 2017
There are no further details available at this time.