“Mercenaries organized crime, who have intoxicated the economy for so long, are now attacking with explosives. This is not @PoliciaEcuador’s problem. This is a declaration of war against the government,” Interior Minister Patricio Carrillo shared the news on Twitter.
The incident, the reasons for which the police are yet to specify, is also out Eight houses and two cars were damaged According to National Risk Management Service (SNGR).
Police said on Twitter that it was an “explosion of proportions”.
Three people died at the scene of the explosion, while the other two died at a city hospital, General Victor Jared, commander of Region 8 based in Guayaquil (southwest), told reporters.
And he added 20 people were injured and are undergoing treatment at various medical centers.
In principle, the National Risk Management Service (SNGR) reported 16 injuries as a result of the blast, which occurred around 0300 am (0800 GMT) in the popular neighborhood of Cristo del Consuelo.
Zárate added that according to preliminary information, two men on a motorcycle arrived in the sector and “placed a sack” near a restaurant, inside which “a high-powered explosive is believed to have been found”.
EcuadorNestled between Colombia and Peru, the world’s biggest cocaine producers, it has survived years of drug violence that now leaves gruesome scenes in the streets with decapitated bodies on bridges in the style of Mexican cartels.
Clashes have stretched to seven massacres in prisons since February 2021 with 400 dead inmates. Authorities believe these are conflicts between drug-trafficking-related gangs that are fighting over territories for sales.
The reason behind the blast has not yet been revealed by the police. Eight houses, four vehicles and one motorcycle were also damaged.
Houses lost their walls and could see inside. Power lines were downed in the streets and on cars, and a trail of blood was seen on the trunk door of one vehicle.
The sector has been cordoned off and the street where the explosion took place has been cordoned off by police.
“Either we unite to face it (organized crime) or the cost to society will be even higher.”Carrillo warned in his message.
The minister further announced A reward of up to $10,000 will be offered for information about the incident.
A recent report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) published in June notes that Ecuador 6.5% of all cocaine seized in the world in 2020.
In 2021, Ecuador seized 210 tons of drugs, most of them cocaine. In the first half of this year, catches have crossed 100 tonnes.
Last year, the country of 18 million people was locked in at a rate of 14 murders per 100,000 people, double the rate in 2020.
Last May, a car exploded in front of a police station in the port of Guayaquil. On that occasion, the police agency called the incident a “terrorist attack”.
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