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Jul 3, 2015

Eight people were injured in attacks on offices of Porvenir in Bogotá

Regulatory Center of Emergency Bogota confirmed that none of the injuries serious.

Bogota, Colombia (AP) .- Eight people were injured on Thursday after the explosion of two bombs in two different sites of Bogota, after which the authorities offered a reward of more than $ 38,000 to find those responsible.

The first blast occurred in a branch pension fund Porvenir located on the main banking area of ​​the Colombian capital, and left seven injured, he told reporters Mauricio Bustamante, Secretary of Health of the city.

The second explosion occurred at another venue of Porvenir, in the area of ​​Puente Aranda, west of Bogota, he said. There a wounded man who was taken to a medical center recorded.

Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said at a press conference that the blasts were "motivated way, by people who were driving the explosive charge", and announced a reward of 100 million pesos ($ 38,111) for those delivered truthful information leading to the capture of the perpetrators.

From their point of view, the events of the day "intended to intimidate the citizens" and called them terrorists.

"But they are facts that should not generate in the population the sense of absence of the security forces", because it supports people in all parts of the capital, he said.

Investigations by the authorities are well advanced, he said, and hoped shortly to announce the capture of the perpetrators.

"My message is peace for the citizens", he added.

President Juan Manuel Santos would return at night to Peru, where he planned to participate in the panel of heads of state of the Pacific Alliance in the Business-Paracas Conference, the press office informed the Presidential Palace, the seat of government .

In this panel, the presidents of Chile and Mexico in solidarity with Colombia.

"Chile condemns attacks in Colombia and we express our solidarity," said Chilean President Michelle Bachelet during his speech at a hotel in Peruvian Paracas Bay, 250 kilometers south of Lima, where he arrived in the afternoon from Santiago.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto also offered his support to Santos.

"I would like to express our greatest solidarity with the people of Colombia, saying that Mexico deplores and condemns what happened and the violent events that have happened in Bogota today," he said.

A witness, Joseph Cipriano Lopez, 46, said the first explosion took him by surprise on the 9th floor of the building at 72, avenue called Republic of Chile. He said he was very frightened and said he "felt like an earthquake that shook the whole building."

Neither was high-powered devices, according to César Urueña, chief of the Colombian National Relief Red Cross.

For his part, Secretary of Government of the capital, Gloria Florez said that had known if Porvenir threats against the company, noting that soon there will be a security council in the Mayor of Bogota.

Florez asked the national government to strengthen its intelligence and security forces in Bogotá since, in his opinion, the capital of the Republic is exposed to such acts.

General Humberto Guatibonza, commander of the Metropolitan Police, said they are reviewing security camera located at the sites of the explosions. They are also listening versions of several witnesses.

In February and last March, a series of bombings rocked Bogota. At that time there were several injuries and investigations of the authorities pointed to the guerrilla National Liberation Army (ELN) and the possible responsible for the attacks on commercial and banking premises.

John Marulanda, a security expert attributed the attacks of the day militants guerrilla "in order to generate without causing much damage-discomfort and keep pushing the bilateral ceasefire", as requested by the ELN and the Forces Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

In a telephone interview with the AP, Marulanda said that the company is owned Porvenir Luis Carlos Sarmiento, considered the richest in the country and owner of El Tiempo newspaper man, the most important means of communication and influential Colombia.

But Martha Lucia Zamora, responsible for Bogota mayor, declined to accusations, as he said, "we should be very respectful of the investigations." So he did not speak or hypotheses or evidence about the two explosions in the afternoon.

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