Recently inaugurated Juan Manuel Santos received a “warm” welcome with a bombing in Bogotá. The purpose and perpetrators of the attack are still unknown. Some argued that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a terrorist movement, are behind the bombing. Others affirmed that right wing forces ordered the bomb, which exploded in front of one of Colombia’s main radio stations.
The bombing signals that illegal actors still pose a challenge to Colombia’s legitimate government. Most importantly, this terrorist act evidences that either in the extreme left or the extreme right, illegal actors are able to penetrate and take advantage of vulnerable security gaps in Colombia’s main urban hub, Bogota.