BOGOTA — Relatives of cadets killed in a car bombing at a police academy in Colombia are now enduring the cruel task of trying to identify their loved ones.
Many victims hailed from impoverished, conflict-ridden parts of Colombia and represented the prospect of a more prosperous future for their families.
Victor Quiroga is a former teacher at the academy who helped comfort injured cadets in the bombing’s aftermath.
He said: “They’re young people whose dreams have been cut short because of the actions of some violent people.”
Authorities say a one-armed explosives expert belonging to the country’s last remaining rebel group — the National Liberation Army, or ELN — carried out the bombing that also left over 70 wounded, some critically.
Christine Armario, The Associated Press