Blast hits Colombia police station

One person was killed and 34 injured when a bomb destroyed the police headquarters in the city of Cali in southwestern Colombia.

Blast hits Colombia police station
One person was killed and 34 injured when a bomb destroyed the police headquarters in the city of Cali in southwestern Colombia.

Colombian authorities blamed the left-wing rebel group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or Farc, for the attack.

No one has admitted responsibility for carrying out the attack.
    
"This was done by Farc drug traffickers," Jorge Daniel Castro, the national police chief, said.

Fourteen police officers and three children were among 34 people wounded in the explosion, which wrecked the six-storey police building and several nearby businesses.
   
Police said about 70kg of explosives were used in the bombing, which occurred shortly after midnight.

Witnesses said they saw a man get out of a red pick-up truck where the bomb was planted and leave on a waiting motorcycle just before the explosion.

The dead man was the driver of a passing taxi.

"Miraculously, the death toll was not higher," Ricardo Ramos, a police sergeant, said.

The 17,000-member Farc was formed in 1964 and says it is fighting to narrow the gap between the country's rich and poor, but Colombia and the US describe it is a terrorist organisation funded by the multi-billion dollar cocaine trade.

Alvaro Uribe, the Colombian president, launched a nationwide security crackdown after he was elected in 2002

"The Farc is making the point that it has not been defeated and that Uribe's security policies have not reduced its offensive capacity," Daniel Garcia Pena, a security analyst, said.

Officials say the group has recently stepped up its operations the Valle del Cauca department, of which Cali is the capital.

Thousands of people are killed and ten of thousands displaced every year by violence connected to Colombia's long-running internal conflict.
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