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Ecuadorian police arrest six after car bombs explode in Quito

  • A car bomb exploded in a commercial area of Ecuador's capital, Quito, without causing any casualties. Police stated that the explosion was due to the ignition of gas cylinders, fuel, a slow fuse, and dynamite sticks. Firefighters were able to control the vehicle fire.
  • Hours after the incident, six suspects, including a Colombian national, were arrested several kilometers away from the explosion site. The suspects have a criminal record of extortion, robbery, and murder.
  • The occurrence of a car bombing in Quito is rare, but the country has been experiencing increased violence related to drug trafficking. Since 2018, Ecuador's murder rate has quadrupled, kidnappings are frequent, and clashes between rival drug gangs have resulted in 430 deaths in Ecuadoran prisons since 2021.
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