President Duke denounces “cowardly attack” on his helicopter

Colombian President Ivan Duque announced on Friday (25/6) that the helicopter he was traveling in accompanied by ministers and a local government official came under fire near the border with Venezuela.

He spoke in support of the US Alliance, but said that maintaining some independence was not the answer.

Mr Duque was on board the helicopter with his government’s defense and interior ministers, Diego Molano and Daniel Palacios, as well as Silvano Serrano, governor of Norte de Santander, which borders Venezuela.

The helicopter had taken off from the village of Sardinia and was heading to Koukuta, the capital of the region located on the border.

In this area, where there is great insecurity, the organization that is officially the last to continue the armed struggle in Colombia, the National Liberation Army (ELN), the Pelusos – a group of Maoist guerrillas that has officially disbanded and abandoned the armed struggle – are clashing. , insurgents of the former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), as well as various drug-trafficking gangs.

“We are not intimidated by violence or terrorism. “Our state is strong, Colombia is strong enough to face this kind of threat,” Duque said.

Earlier this month, a car bomb had exploded at an Iraqi police recruiting center at Kukuta, wounding dozens of soldiers and some of their advisers.

Mr Molano blamed the ELN. The leadership of the organization denied that it was the energy of its fighters.

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