The government of President Juan Manuel Santos expressed “absolute support” for former president Alvaro Uribe after the discovery yesterday of an explosive device hidden at the Gran Rex Theatre in Buenos Aires, in the centre of the Argentinean capital, where he was set to speak today at an international conference. Santos “delegated Colombian police chief General Oscar Naranjo to investigate and directly follow the case”, Interior minister Federico Renjifo told reporters from Bogota.
Argentine federal judge Norberto Oyarbide referred that the bomb was found on the third floor, where a reception was due to be held at the conclusion of the ‘Wom Leadership Simposium’. “It was a simple device but strong enough to cause the death of people nearby”, Oyarbide said, adding that “it was set to explode”.
According to La Nación of Buenos Aires, the device was made up of two spheres containing black powder of the dimensions of ping pong balls, all connected with a detonator to a mobile phone. The bomb, found in a carton box hidden in an electric panel, was set to be detonated at 4:30p.m local time.
Uribe confirmed that he will however attend the conference, during which he will speak about “the transformation of Colombia”. Other speakers include Spanish Manuel Estiarte, external relations director of club Barcelona, the Irish adviser Kevin Kelly and Canadian Guy Caron, former director of Cirque du Soleil.
No group has claimed responsibility for the action: “We do not know yet who was behind this, but are working on it”, Oyarbide assured.