Car Bombing Strikes Police Academy, Killing at Least 21 in Colombia
While FARC has been largely demobilized as a unified militant entity since a landmark peace deal in 2016, the National Liberation Army (ELN), another Marxist rebel group in the country, has taken their place as the largest guerrilla organization. And since the FARC demobilization, the ELN conflict has increased. Most recently, the group may be responsible for a car bombing at a police academy in Bogota on Thursday that has killed at least 21. While the group has not claimed responsibility, the lead suspect in the case, who was killed in the blast, is reportedly an ELN member. Over the past years, the ELN has bombed police stations, including one a year ago that killed five police officers and wounded forty more, conducted kidnappings, and attacked oil pipelines. The group has announced that it wants a peace deal like that received by the FARC, but this attack will likely end that possibility for the time being, analysts have suggested.