One person died and 10 more were injured when a bus-bomb exploded in front of a police station in a rural area close to southern Colombia city of Neiva.

The bomb, which has been attributed to the 17th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), also destroyed 20 houses and damaged nearby buildings for three square blocks, reported El TiempoDespite the wreckage, local residents say they received rumors of an attack on the police station beforehand, prompting most neighbors to leave their homes ahead of time.

Speaking at a press conference, Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos described the event as an act of “cowardice and despair” on behalf of the FARC. “Once a group has to resort to acts of terrorism like this,” he said, “it means that all our police, our ground troops, sea and air, are doing a good job, because they are desperate enemy.”

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