Twenty-one people were killed and 70 were wounded in a suicide car bombing at the General Santander national police academy in the capital, Bogota. According to witnesses the driver drove at full speed through the security checkpoint and detonated the VBIED at an inner courtyard inside the academy complex. Though no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the National Liberation Army (ELN) rebel group, have stepped up their attacks in recent months as peace talks with President Ivan Duque administration have stalled. While VBIED attacks were common during the heights of the government war against leftist rebels and drug cartels in the 1980s and 90s, the number of such attacks has declined in recent years. Although regularly used by Muslim extremists, suicide attacks are not a common tactic of Colombian Marxist insurgent groups.
Security forces had fired tear gas at protesters in Harare and Bulawayo. In Harare, a military helicopter fired tear gas at protesters burning tires and blocking roads while in Bulawayo officers used tear gas as protesters began to loot local businesses. The clashes followed demonstrations a day earlier when dozens of people took to the streets in Harare and Bulawayo to protest against fuel price hikes.
At around 3 p.m. local time, a group of at least four heavily gunmen tossed grenades at cars parked at the entrance of 14 Riverside Drive complex, which house the seven-story DusitD2 hotel and office complex in the Westlands district of Nairobi. One of the gunmen blew himself up at the hotel lobby, while the others spread throughout the complex tossing grenades and shooting indiscriminately. At least 21 people were killed and 28 were injured in the attack, which was claimed by the Somalia based Al-Shabaab Islamist group in response for the US moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Several international companies, including Colgate Palmolive, Reckitt Benckiser, Pernod Ricard, Dow Chemical and SAP are located in the complex, while the Australian embassy located across the road from the compound. At around 11 p.m. local time the Interior Cabinet Secretary declared that security forces had secured all the buildings in the complex. But witnesses claimed that they still hear gunfire and dozens of people were still hiding inside the complex. At approximately 10:50 a.m. local time on 16 January, President Kenyatta announced that the attack was over ant the assailants were killed.