Bogotá Bomb Shatters Peace Talks with Colombia’s Last Guerrillas

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After Bogotá’s deadliest bombing since 2003, the government is likely to crack down hard on Colombia’s last guerrilla group, the ELN.

In this Q&A, Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst for Colombia Kyle Johnson says any new military campaign should distinguish between ELN factions and is unlikely to inflict a lasting defeat on the rebels.

  • What happened?

On 17 January, a car drove into the General Santander police academy in Bogotá and exploded, killing 21 police officers and injuring 68 more.

Though the perpetrator also died, the government does not yet consider the attack a suicide bombing – unheard of in Colombia – but rather that the…

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