Colombia has been improving the quality of life through foreign investments and improvement of the infrastructure, especially in Bogota (the Capital) and Medellin. Street crimes targeting business and leisure travelers are still a concern, poor road conditions outside the main cities and overwhelming traffic especially in Bogota, Medellin and Cali, are considered a significant risk.
On January 17, a VBIED carrying 80 kilos of explosives detonated in a parking lot at the Colombian National Police Academy (Escuela General Santander). There were 21 fatalities and over 65 injured. The majority of victims were Colombian police cadets; three foreigners are also reported among injured and deceased. Click here to learn more about the Bogota Security incident.
Bogota did not see such a level of violence in over a decade. The residents of both Bogota and Medellin, lived in fear of bombings for nearly 40 years through the Drug Cartels turf war to dominate the Cocaine industry. As the Colombia conflict wound down through a series of “cease fire” and peace agreements in 2016, security improved but attacks continued with less frequency. The ELN (Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional de Colombia) have not respected a verbal standoff with President Duque and increased attacks on police targets.
The conflict between the Colombian Government and two leftist terrorist organizations, the FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revoluzionarias de Colombia) and the ELN (Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional de Colombia) in addition to several armed right-wing paramilitary organizations turned into mere organized crime, deprived the country of resources, cost hundreds of human lives and heightened the risk of terrorism-related activities, including kidnappings and bombings.
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