A helicopter carrying Colombia’s president, Iván Duque, was hit by bullets while traveling near the border with Venezuela.
This is the first attack against a Colombian head of state in nearly 20 years.
To spread the news, on June 25, was President Duque in a video message, in which he called the incident a “cowardly attack”, whose proof is given by the holes caused by the bullets on the presidential aircraft. The latter was hit while flying over the Colombian region of Catatumbo, in the direction of Cucuta, capital of the province of Norte de Santander. Accompanying the president were other officials, including Defense Minister Diego Molano, Interior Minister Daniel Palacios and Norte de Santander Governor Silvano Serrano. As clarified by a spokesperson for the presidency, there are no recorded casualties or injuries, while Duque said he has given “clear instructions” to the security forces to launch investigations to discover those responsible for the incident.
The region of Catumbo, on the border between Colombia and Venezuela, has been described as “troubled”. This is home to vast crops of coca, the main ingredient of cocaine, while it is here that the guerrillas of the National Liberation Army (ELN), former FARC fighters, operate, along with armed criminal groups, accused of involvement in drug trafficking.