• The special task force which was assigned to clarify the facts has identified the way in which the vehicle equipped with explosives was purchased and the route used to enter it into the military headquarters.
  • “We are going to spare no effort to obtain results for the country,” stated the Attorney General, Francisco Barbosa Delgado.

The Attorney General, Francisco Barbosa Delgado, traveled to Cúcuta (Norte de Santander) to verify the progress of the investigations related to the explosions that took place at the headquarters of the 30th Brigade of the National Army in which 36 people were injured.

“Immediately after the facts took place, it was assigned a special task force comprised of two prosecutors specialized in organized crime, 21 investigators of Dijin, Sijin and CTI to collect evidence, which allows us not only to clarify these facts but also to determine all the circumstances of time, manner and place” explained the Attorney General upon his arrival in Cúcuta.

In a joint statement with the Minister of Defense, Diego Molano Aponte; and the Army and Police, it was revealed that on June 15 at 12:35 p.m. a person entered the place through the main entrance of the 30 Brigade in a white van and parked it in front of the dispensary. Likewise, the Attorney General assured that verifications are being conducted to establish whether the security protocols related to the entry of vehicles into the military unit were followed.

“As part of this verification, it has been excluded the possibility that the driver identified himself as a public servant of the Attorney General’s Office or any other public institution” said the Attorney General Barbosa Delgado.

The evidence shows that at 2:45 p.m. the car was parked a few meters from the facilities of the Catatumbo Support Structure (Estructura de Apoyo (EDA) Catatumbo) of the Attorney General’s Office. Later, at 2:50 p.m., the driver left the military headquarters.

According to the Investigations, the first detonation occurred at 3:01 p.m., four minutes later, a second explosion took place. Currently, some technical studies are conducted to establish the type of explosive used and the used quantity. So far, more than 2,000 meters of detonating cord have been found.

The Attorney General specified that the origin of the vehicle that was equipped with explosives has been identified. It was bought in a negotiation held in Bogotá and Cúcuta between May 29 and June 4 of this year. Apparently, COP 120,000,000 were paid for the vehicle. The seller was located.

“There is an important hypothesis related to the ELN, and other hypotheses are not ruled out, such as the so-called ‘Nueva Marquetalia ’or the dissidents of the 33rd Farc front. We have the entire technical team in the area and we are going to spare no effort to obtain results for the country within the context of a joint work with the Police, the Army and all the intelligence organizations of the country ”, stated the Attorney General.

The Office of the Attorney General makes this information public for reasons of general interest.