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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Bogota (Colombia), Police Attacked in Northern Bogota

Western Hemisphere > Colombia > Bogota

On Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at approximately 9:00 pm, unidentified assailants on a motorcycle attacked Colombian National Police (CNP) officers in the vicinity of Carrera 7 and Calle 200 in Bogota with firearms and explosives, killing one CNP officer and injuring four others. The perpetrators have not been apprehended.

In response, CNP has closed Carrera 7 in the area of the attack and increased police presence at police stations, government buildings, and throughout Bogota. CNP has also cleared vehicles parked around government buildings and begun sweeping these areas for explosives.

U.S. citizens should be especially vigilant, especially when around police or other Colombian government facilities.  U.S. citizens should expect increased police checkpoints in Bogota and along roads leading in and out of Bogota.

For further information:

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Colombia Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.  Contact the U.S. Embassy in Colombia, located at Carrera 45, # 24B-27, Bogota, D.C., by email at acsbogota@state.gov or by telephone at +571-1 275-2000, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00  p.m. Monday through Friday.  Non-emergency services are offered by appointment.  After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +571-1 275-4021.  The Embassy operates a Consular Agency in Barranquilla, Colombia which also provides assistance to U.S. citizens.  The Barranquilla Consular Agency is located at Calle 77B No. 57-141, suite 511, tel. (575) 353-2001. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. You can schedule a non-emergency service by calling the Consular Agency. 
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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