Bogota explosion: deadly car bomb attack at police academy in Colombia

January 18, 2019 | Brainwave Science


A car bomb exploded at a heavily guarded police academy in Colombia’s capital on Thursday, killing at least 21 people, wounding dozens and spreading fear about a resurrection of the country’s drug-fueled guerrilla conflict.

The scene outside the General Santander police academy after the attack was chaotic. It is considered as the biggest attack against police or military facility in years. Chief Prosecutor Nestor Martinez said the car’s driver, who was also killed in the blast, has been identified as a 57-year-old man name Jose Aldemar Rojas, driving a 1993 Nissan pickup loaded with 80 kilograms of pentolite. However, Colombian authorities believed National Liberation Army rebels were behind the bombing.

Defense Minister Guillermo Botero said in a press conference that Rojas was an explosives expert in the ELN rebel cell and known by his alias Mocho Kiko.

Ms. Pardo, a witness to the crime scene, said, “We don’t know if it was the guerrillas or who it was, but the guerrillas have certainly been gaining strength.”

Colombian authorities stated that a suspect has been arrested for his alleged role in the car bombing attack. Martinez said in intercepted phone conversations a man named Ricardo Carvajal recognized his role in the attack. He further added security camera in the area show that Ricardo got out of the Nissan pickup used in the attack less than 10 minutes before the blast.

Colombian President Ivan Duque described it as a “crazy terrorist act” and declared three days of national mourning.

This wouldn’t be the first-time guerrilla fighters of the National Liberation Army attacked a law enforcement building. Last January, extremist killed five police officers and wounded more than 40 personnel by bombing a police station in Barranquilla. After a car-bomb attack, public believe authorities fail to maintain peace, therefore, they suggest it would be better to negotiate with guerrilla groups.


It was the bloodiest attack in Bogota since government negotiated a 2016 peace deal with Marxist FARC rebel group. For decades, citizens of Colombia lived in fear of being caught in the attack by FARC and ELN rebel groups. Colombia authorities suspected that FARC rebels granted amnesty under the peace pact might sour on civilian life and pick up arms again. The experts believed ELN, now Colombia’s largest guerrilla outfit, are recruiting former FARC members who surrendered the weapon early. Now the question is the fear come true? New formed FARC is fully functioning? The resurrection of violence in Colombia? Bogota

Colombia constantly faces National Security threat from the National Liberation Army (ELN), dissidents from the demobilizing FARC guerrilla group and other illegal drug-armed groups. Colombian counter-terrorism personnel is struggling for decades in order to eradicate these rebels but till date, not even the peace deal, could offer such assurance. Worst case is these guerrillas tend to target law enforcement building and personnel without fearing the consequences. Bogota

Colombian President said, “Colombians have never yielded to terrorism, we have always defeated it- this will not be an exception.” He further comments he had ordered police and the military to find and perpetrators and bring them to justice. Bogota

Colombian authorities arrested a suspect for his alleged role in the car bombing attack, but an important question is how would they prove the connection between the attack and ELN or FARC? Do they have the appropriate tool to do so? Will authorities would be satisfied with the arrest of lone-wolf or would use improvised strategy in order to cut the snake’s head?


Car bomb case demonstrates precisely why Colombian counter-terrorism agencies need better defense strategy to fight the war against guerrillas. Colombian authorities used peace deal, bullets and ammunition strategies in eliminating guerrillas and maintaining peace. Even with the existing conventional investigative tools, counter-terrorism agencies could not gain reliable and accurate intelligence to support the law enforcement personnel in defeating guerrillas. Thankfully, one technology already exists in the security market that addresses this fundamental problem of terrorism and rebels. This technology is developed and designed by Brainwave Science and it’s called iCognative. This technology can be the must be a part of a strategic solution plan for Colombian authorities in order to identify the responsible group behind this attack and permanently eliminate recurring violence because of rebels. Bogota

iCognative is the only technology that can protect the nation’s interest from domestic and foreign enemies in such crucial National Security situation. This technology understands that lack of evidence or intelligence can hinder the investigation, therefore, iCognative provides a scientific and legal way for counter-terrorism personnel to tap inside the human brain and reveals what specific crime-related information he or she possesses with over 99% accuracy.  Colombian National Security agencies are in desperate need of such advanced neuroscience-based investigative technology that can support the government to gain accurate intelligence and connection and further eliminate the rebels like FARC or ELN. Bogota

iCognative cannot be compared to any existing conventional tools as this technology provide something so advanced and unique that no perpetrator can ever cheat or hide from this technology, no matter how smart or trained he/she is.  The suspect would confess their crime even before subjected to iCognative. This technology is based on scientifically proven and accepted P300 and P300-MERMER brain responses, which only activates when a suspect sees the information that his/her brain already possesses.  In this case, Colombian counter-terrorism agencies conduct a 45-minutes iCognative test on arrested suspect, Ricardo Carvajal, that can determine what specific information related to the attack and rebel groups, he possesses or trying to conceal from the investigator. Information such as his involvement in the attack, identification of the mastermind behind the attack, connection to known or unknown rebel groups, responsible group behind this attack, location and hideout of the rebel groups, identification of the members, any accomplice involved, details of exact plan, medium to communicate, identification of the mastermind and key members of FARC, ELN or other groups, any knowledge about future attacks, etc. would be easily available to the counter-terrorism personnel to investigate this case once the test is completed. All the investigative details related to this case and last year Barranquilla’s case is uploaded into the iCognative system test protocol. The system records and analyzes the brain responses when case related known and confidential information (called Stimuli) is flashed to the Carvajal on a digital screen in the forms of phrases, words or pictures. With over 99% accuracy, iCognative technology reveals the information mentioned above and what other crime-related information Carvajal’s brain possesses.

Brainwave Science’s iCognative can support Colombian law enforcement agencies to protect their nation from falling apart again due to existing or hiding guerrillas.  iCognative is the only available technology in the security market that can easily identify the guerrillas from innocents and defeat these rebel groups before they cause any further harm to the nation’s interest.

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