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Police officers line up outside the Centro Andino shopping mall after it was rocked by and explosion in Bogota, Colombia, Saturday, June 17, 2017. The blast killed at east three women, authorities said. Bogota Mayor Enrique Penalosa condemned what he called a "cowardly terrorist bombing" at the upscale mall, in the heart of Bogota's tourist district.( AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Explosion killed three and injured nine in Colombia


An explosion that killed three people and wounded nine at a shopping mall in Colombia on Saturday was called a "cowardly terrorist act," by the city's mayor.

The bomb detonated in the Andino shopping mall in Bogota. Authorities  confirmed the device was placed in a toilet bowl in the second-floor women's restroom  according to Reuters.

One of the victims was a 23-year-old French woman who had been volunteering in a poor area of the city, Bogota Mayor Enrique Penalosa told reporters. 

Colombian authorities called the incident an act of terrorism, but no one has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing. The mall was evacuated after the explosion and the streets surrounding the mall  were closed down.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos quickly denounced the attack.

"We won't let terrorism frighten us," Santos said at a news briefing from inside the shopping center.

The Colombian president has ordered a special  investigation into the explosion Reuters reported.

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