BOGOTA – Police arrested a ninth suspect on Sunday in connection with the Bogota shopping center bombing that killed three people and injured eight others earlier this month, Colombian officials said.
The suspect was arrested in the southern section of Bogota during the operation being conducted by the National Police and Attorney General’s Office to find those behind the June 17 bombing.
The bombing at Bogota’s Centro Comercial Andino killed Julie Huynh, a 23-year-old Frenchwoman who was serving as a volunteer at a public school in the capital, and Colombian citizens Ana Maria Gutierrez, 27, and Lady Paola Jaimes, 31.
On Saturday, eight suspects were arrested, the Colombian National Police said.
The suspects were detained following searches in Bogota and El Espinal, a city in the central province of Tolima, the National Police said in a statement.
Evidence gathered by Attorney General’s Office and police investigators linked the four men and four women to the People’s Revolutionary Movement (MRP), the group that has claimed responsibility for several bombings, National Police director Gen. Jorge Hernando Nieto Rojas said.
The suspect arrested on Sunday had a video that will be used in the prosecution of the MRP members, officials said.
The suspects face criminal conspiracy, terrorism, murder, kidnapping and other charges.
Prosecutors “have elements and material evidence that allow a reasonable inference of authorship that links this movement (the MRP) to the attack,” Attorney General Nestor Humberto Martinez said.
The suspects are scheduled to appear in court on Sunday, when prosecutors will ask the judge to hold them due to the serious charges they face, Martinez said.