An explosion in Bogotá has killed at least five people and injured 25 others, including former interior minister Fernando Londoño Hoyos.
President Juan Manuel Santos condemned the attack, confirming that Londoño Hoyos was the target was. He was travelling in the northern area of the capital with his security.
Santos also reported that Londoño is now safe and unharmed in a secure location.
“Fortunately Dr. Londoño is stable in hospital. Unfortunately his driver and police officer were killed,” said the president.
“I condemn in the strongest terms this attack. We so not understand what the purpose was, but the public can absolutely sure that the government is not going to be derailed by these terrorist acts”
Guillermo Asprilla, secretary of the government of Bogotá, confirmed that the government was offering a reward of 100 million pesos ( to anyone with information on the attackers.
Initial reports suggest that two men chased the former minister through traffic on a motorcycle, before the passenger threw an explosive device causing the explosion.
Londoño is currently working as a radio host after being dismissed from government in Colombia over corruption suspicions.
Earlier in the day, police disabled a bomb that is thought to be connected in a different area of the capital after neighbours alerted the authorities. The car which was parked close to a police station, was reportedly identified by an anonymous tip off as being left by the FARC.