Colombia Airport Bombing Kills Two Policemen

Colombian authorities said two explosions hit the airport in the Colombian border city of Cucuta on Tuesday, killing two police officers and a person believed to be carrying an explosive.

“Our explosive experts, having surveyed the area, found a suitcase” that exploded, killing two officers, Cucuta police chief Colonel Giovanni Madarriaga said.

Police said the first blast killed the man carrying explosives as he tried to climb over a fence that separates the airport’s runway from one of the city’s neighborhoods.

The explosions did not affect the passenger terminal, but authorities suspended flights and evacuated passengers from the building.

Authorities offered a reward of about $25,000 for information about the attack. 

Cucuta is the capital of North Santander state, a border region that has recently seen a surge in fighting between guerrilla groups and drug trafficking gangs.

Armed organizations operating in North Santander include the National Liberation Army guerrilla group and dissident groups formed by former members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia that refused to sign a 2016 peace deal with Colombia’s government.

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