At least 12 were injured in a grenade attack that occurred this Tuesday in the middle of a busy street in the center of the Colombian city of Barranquilla (north), apparently due to merchants’s extortion , local authorities confirmed.
According to the preliminary report, individuals who were traveling in a vehicle left a grenade that exploded in front of several motorcycle parts warehouses and workshops, injuring passersby.
The Barranquilla’s mayor, Jaime Pumarejo, who was present at the scene and announced a reward for information that would allow the capture of the perpetrators of the attack, stated that “apparently it was an attempt to extort the motorcycle workshop sector, the which has a high influx of people ”.
“Criminals dropped a grenade to send a message, but today we’re going to send the message to them with a reward of 20 million pesos (about $ 5,750) for anyone who gives us relevant information that leads to the capture of these people”, Pumarejo said in attack’s area.
He added the attack is due to the actions of a criminal gang that has already been identified by the Police authorities and by the Attorney General’s Office and that will soon show conclusive results against these criminal organizations.
“The important thing is that today the Police are taking action on the matter and we aren’t going to allow these people to feel helpless. We have to tell these people that they don’t have to succumb to extortion, we are going to accompany them and present strong facts, “said the Barranquilla’s mayor.
The authorities indicated that the 14 injured people were referred to the Barranquilla Hospital and the Centro Clinic, near the scene of the attack, and that none of them had life-threatening injuries. EFE