At least 14 injured were left by 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 extortion of merchants, 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 mayor of Barranquilla, 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 ”.
"Misfits dropped a grenade to send a message, but today we are 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 from the site of the attack.
He added that 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 strong results against these criminal organizations.
“The important thing is that today the Police are taking action on the matter and we are not going to allow these people to feel helpless. We have to tell these people that they do not have to succumb to extortion, we are going to accompany them and present strong facts, "said the mayor of Barranquilla.
The authorities indicated that the 14 injured people were referred to the Barranquilla Hospital and to the Centro Clinic, near the scene of the attack, and that none of them have life-threatening injuries. EFE