FEBRUARY 20, 2005
Posted: February 22, 2005

RCN Television and Radio


A car bomb exploded at 10:15 p.m. outside the offices of RCN Television and Radio in Cali, Colombia’s third-largest city. A security guard and sound engineer were injured in the blast, which significantly damaged the facilities.

About 66 pounds (30 kilograms) of explosives were packed into a blue Renault car and detonated on a street in front the RCN offices, according to local press reports.

An unidentified individual parked the vehicle in front of the outlet’s facilities and then left the scene riding a motorcycle, Johana Amaya, a correspondent with RCN Television in Cali told CPJ.

Sound engineer Ricardo Luna and security guard Jaime Alberto Martínez were slightly wounded in the explosion. RCN did not stop broadcasting since most of the damage occurred in the administrative offices.

Two suspects were arrested on February 22 and are being investigated in connection with the attack, RCN Radio reported. Authorities have not yet determined who is behind the explosion, but the Colombian army said rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) might be responsible.

Local police offered a reward for any information leading to the identification or capture of those responsible.

This is not the first attack against RCN. On April 12, 2002, a rocket exploded near the studios of RCN Television in the capital, Bogotá.