Bogota explosion: Police officer killed near bullring

Crime scene investigators of the Colombian Police examine the area of an explosion in the La Macarena neighborhood of Bogota, Colombia, 19 February 2017Image copyright

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The mayor’s office said 30 people were injured in the explosion

A police officer has been killed and dozens of people injured in an explosion in the Colombian capital Bogota.

The explosion happened near the bullring, where animal rights activists were preparing to hold a march.

The mayor’s office said 30 people were injured, many of them believed to be officers deployed ahead of the protest.

The bullring has been the scene of weekly protests following the decision to reinstate bullfighting in the city.

The 1930s brick bullring was reopened after three years last month following the constitutional court’s ruling that bullfighting was part of the country’s heritage and therefore could be reinstated.

The move angered animal rights activists, who have clashed with police during recent protests. In January, demonstrators were arrested and officers fired tear gas to control groups physically attacking spectators.

Bogota mayor Enrique Penalosa, who attended the scene, has announced he was convening a security council meeting for Sunday afternoon.

“The terrorists won’t intimidate us,” Mr Penalosa said on Twitter. “We are going to do all that’s necessary to capture them.”