BOGOTA, June 25 (Reuters) – A helicopter carrying Colombia’s President Ivan Duque and others was struck by a number of bullets in an assault on Friday, he mentioned in a video message.
The incident happened whereas the president’s helicopter was flying by way of Colombia’s Catatumbo area towards the town of Cucuta, capital of the nation’s Norte de Santander province, Duque mentioned.
“What’s clear is that this can be a cowardly assault the place bullet holes might be seen within the presidential plane,” Duque mentioned.
In addition to Duque, the helicopter was carrying different officers together with Protection Minister Diego Molano, Inside Minister Daniel Palacios, and governor of Norte de Santander Silvano Serrano.
Nobody was injured within the incident, a spokesman for the presidency mentioned.
Safety personnel have been given clear directions to search out these behind the assault on the helicopter, the president added.
The troubled Catatumbo area, on Colombia’s border with Venezuela, is dwelling to in depth coca crops, the chief ingredient of cocaine. It’s the place guerrillas of the leftist Nationwide Liberation Military (ELN) function, former FARC fighters who reject a 2016 peace cope with the federal government, together with armed prison teams concerned in drug trafficking.
This month a automobile bomb was detonated at a army base utilized by the thirtieth Military Brigade in Cucuta, injuring Colombian troops and U.S. army advisers. read more
Whereas Molano mentioned the assault might have been carried out by the ELN, the insurgent group mentioned it denied having any position within the bombing. read more
Reporting by Oliver Griffin; Modifying by David Gregorio
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