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.
Este domingo realizaremos Consejo de Seguridad para evaluar pasos adicionales que permitan garantizar la tranquilidad de Bogotá. pic.twitter.com/AChqbUhcfA— Juan Manuel Santos (@JuanManSantos) June 18, 2017
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.
Invito a los bogotanos a que celebremos normalmente el Día del Padre. La mejor respuesta frente al terrorismo es no dejarnos intimidar. pic.twitter.com/2TqjOrAoUl— Juan Manuel Santos (@JuanManSantos) June 18, 2017
"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.