DAS Building bombing

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Coordinates: 4°36′55″N 74°05′12″W / 4.615231°N 74.086708°W / 4.615231; -74.086708

DAS Building bombing
LocationBogota, Colombia
DateDecember 6, 1989
7:30 a.m. (COT)
TargetAdministrative Department of Security (DAS)
Attack type
Truck bombing, attempted assassination
WeaponsDynamite
Deaths52
Injuries
~1000
MotiveAttempt to assassinate Miguel Maza Márquez

The DAS Building bombing was a truck bomb attack in Bogotá, Colombia, at 7:30 am on December 6, 1989, targeting the Administrative Department of Security (DAS) headquarters.

A truck parked near the building exploded, killing 52 people and injuring about 1,000.[1] The bomb blast, an estimated 500 kg of dynamite, leveled several city blocks and destroyed more than 300 commercial properties.[2]

It is widely believed that the Medellín Cartel was responsible for the attack, in an attempt to assassinate DAS director Miguel Maza Márquez, who escaped unharmed. The same group was believed to be behind the bombing of Avianca Flight 203 the previous month.[3][4]

The DAS building bombing was the last in the long series of attacks that targeted Colombian politicians, officials, and journalists in 1989, which started with the January 18 killing of 12 judicial officials in Simacota.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colombia Cartels Tied To Bombing". The New York Times. Associated Press. December 8, 1989. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Colombia Truck Bomb Kills 35, Many Injured in Blast". Miami Herald. December 7, 1989.
  3. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1994/12/20/nyregion/drug-trafficker-convicted-of-blowing-up-jetliner.html
  4. ^ https://www.apnews.com/e6ed187c3137830e026c3e843677587a
  5. ^ Osoria Granados, Marcela (18 January 2014). "1989: año para tener en la memoria". El Espectador (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 January 2017.