June 25, 2021
Bogotá (Reuters) -A helicopter carrying Colombian President Ivan Duque and others was hit by multiple bullets in a Friday attack, he said in a video message.
The incident happened as the president’s helicopter flew through the Catatumbo region of Colombia to the city of Cucuta, the capital of the country’s state of Norte de Santander, Duque said.
“What is clear is that this is a timid attack with bullet holes in the president’s aircraft,” Duque said.
The helicopter carried not only Duque, but also other officials such as Defense Minister Diego Morano, Interior Minister Daniel Palacios, and Governor Norte de Santander Silvano Serrano.
A spokesman for the president said no one was injured in the case.
The guards were given clear instructions to find the people behind the attack on the helicopter, the president added.
The troubled Catatumbo region on the border between Colombia and Venezuela is rich in coca crops, the main component of cocaine. Here, left-wing National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas, former FARC fighters who refused a peace agreement with the government in 2016, and armed criminal groups involved in drug trafficking are active.
This month, a car bomb exploded at a military base used by the Thirtieth Army Brigade in Cucuta, injuring Colombian and US military advisers.
Morano said the attack could have been carried out by ELN, but rebel groups denied being involved in the bombing.
(Report by Oliver Griffin, edited by David Gregorio)
Helicopter carrying Colombian President Duquet struck by an attack
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