16:59 GMT25 October 2020
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    A blast from an improvised explosive device hit a police station in Barranquilla, Colombia's largest port city on the Caribbean coast, injuring dozens of people.

    A bomb attack on a police station in the Colombian city of Barranquilla killed at least three policemen, injuring another 30, El Espectador newspaper reported, adding that two attackers also opened fire at the police station in the San Jose neighborhood a mile from the local port.

    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.

    According to preliminary data, the explosive device was activated remotely. The Tiempo news portal notes that, according to one version, the explosion could have been carried out to distract the attention of the police, since at around the same time some criminals robbed a nearby cash transport vehicle. Another version includes it being the revenge of bandits for police operations committed against drug trafficking in the city.

    The Colombian police already reported on their Twitter microblog that authorities have already detained one suspected of involvement in the blast.

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