BREAKING: Bomb Blast In Upscale Mall Kills 3, Injures 11

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A bomb exploded at a crowded shopping mall killing 3 people and injuring at least 11 others in Bogoto, Columbia.

Officials say that the bomb, possibly made of ammonium nitrate, exploded inside the second-floor women’s bathroom of the Centro Andino Mall, which contains a number of upscale stores and is one of Colombia’s largest shopping malls.

The entire mall which is located in Columbia’s capital was evacuated after the explosion.

Emergency units rushed to the scene and the injured were taken to a nearby hospital. Two victims later died.

Colombian authorities called it an act of terrorism. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Bogota Mayor Enrique Peñalosa called it a “cowardly terrorist act.”

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos went to the bomb site and he condemned the attack but declined to publicly speculate who was behind it.

“The best answer to cowardly terrorism is to not let it unnerve us,” he said.

He tweeted that Colombians should “continue life as normal” in the face of attacks.

“This vile, cruel and cowardly act will not go unpunished,” he said.

The president also said that he would meet with top security advisers Sunday before heading out on a scheduled trip to Europe.

Among those killed is a 23-year-old French citizen named Julie Huynh who had been living in Bogota for the past six months volunteering at a school in a poor neighborhood. She was set to return to France in a few days.

“The French know perfectly how to respond to these terrorist attacks,” President Santos said, “and we Colombians too have the will not to let ourselves be intimidated.”

NPR reports that President Santos was a strong advocate for last year’s peace deal signed with the FARC guerrillas to end a more than 50-year civil war. The group is in the process of disarming and handing over weapons to the United Nations, though bomb past bomb attacks have been attributed to the FARC.

Another militant group, the National Liberation Army, known commonly as the ELN, has carried out bombings in the past, including an attack in February that killed a police officer and injured 20 others. But according to The Associated Press, the group sent a tweet denying involvement and claimed to not target civilians. The ELN is the country’s second-largest militant group and is currently negotiating its own peace deal with the Colombian government.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.

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