DAS Building bombing

DAS Building bombing
Location Bogota, Colombia
Date December 6, 1989
7:30 a.m. (COT)
Target Administrative Department of Security (DAS)
Attack type
Truck bombing, attempted assassination
Weapons Dynamite
Deaths 52
Non-fatal injuries
Suspected perpetrators
Medellín Cartel
Motive Attempt to assassinate Miguel Maza Márquez

The DAS Building bombing was a truck bomb attack in Bogotá, Colombia, at 7:30 am on December 6, 1989. The bomb targeted the Administrative Department of Security (DAS) headquarters.

A truck parked near the building exploded, killing 52 people and injuring about 1,000.[1] The bomb blast, with an estimated 500 kg of dynamite, leveled several city blocks and destroyed more than 300 commercial properties.[2]

It is widely believed that the Medellín Cartel was responsible for the attack, in an attempt to assassinate DAS director Miguel Maza Márquez, who escaped unharmed. The same group was believed to be behind the bombing of Avianca Flight 203 the previous month.

The DAS building bombing was the last in the long series of attacks that shook Colombia in 1989, starting January 18 with the killing of 12 judicial officials in Simacota (La Rochela massacre), and targeting politicians, magistrates, police officials and journalists.[3]


  1. "Colombia Cartels Tied to Bombing." The New York Times, December 8, 1989, Page A10.
  2. "Colombia Truck Bomb Kills 35, Many Injured in Blast Drug Dealers are suspected". Miami Herald. 1989-12-07. p. 1A.
  3. Osoria Granados, Marcela (18 January 2014). "1989: año para tener en la memoria" (in Spanish). El Espectador. Retrieved 7 November 2015.

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