Three dead and nine injured after powerful blast rocks Bogota shopping centre

A strong explosion rocked one of the busiest shopping centers in Colombia’s capital Saturday, killing three people including a 23-year-old French woman and injuring nine, authorities said.

Witnesses told of being evacuated from movie theaters and stores after a blast in a second-floor bathroom. Ambulances and firetrucks rushed to the scene and the injured were taken to a hospital.

Bogota Mayor Enrique Penalosa condemned what he called a “cowardly terrorist bombing” at the upscale Centro Andino in the heart of Bogota’s tourist district.