The headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of Ecuador was evacuated today after receiving a bomb threat, which forced specialized police units to move to the place to assess the situation, Efe sources told the Foreign Ministry.
“There was an alert from the ministry’s security services and they forced us to evict all the buildings,” the source said, specifying that the emblematic Najas Palace, the main headquarters, and two other surrounding buildings that house Chancellery offices were evacuated.
The source could not specify the source of the threat, but the ministry indicated that the police officers verified floor by floor after knowing the bomb alert.
Nearly half of the officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were at that time in the enclosure that covers the ministerial headquarters, including the incumbent, María Fernanda Espinosa, who had to leave the building along with other people in charge of the social sector, among them the Minister of the Environment, Tarsicio Granizo.
Espinosa headed a meeting that analyzed aspects of international cooperation with special emphasis on the security of the border area with Colombia.
The Foreign Ministry specified that as soon as the police work is completed and information is available on the event, it will be communicated to the media. (I)