Helicopter carrying the President of Colombia was attacked. “I would like to inform the nation that the President’s helicopter was attacked near the city of Cucuta after fulfilling a commitment in Sardinta of Catatumbo Gone.
Bucaramanga (Colombia). President of Colombia Ivan Duque reported Friday that a helicopter carrying him and his senior officers was fired upon in southern Catatumbo, bordering Venezuela. This is a rare event of a presidential plane being directly attacked. Duke said all the people aboard the helicopter were safe. Besides Duque, the country’s Defense Minister Diego Molano, Interior Minister Daniel Palacios and Norte de Santander state governor Silvano Serrano were on board the helicopter. He attended the ceremony titled ‘Peace with Validity – Sustainable Catatumbo Chapter’. “I would like to inform the nation that the President’s helicopter was attacked near the city of Cucuta after fulfilling a commitment in Sardinta, Catatumbo,” the president said in a statement.
He said that the equipment and capabilities of the helicopter prevented a major accident from happening. A video released by the President’s Office shows several holes in a Colombian Air Force helicopter that were hit by bullets. The Duke did not specify when the attack took place or who carried out the attack, but it is believed that several armed groups are active in the area. The president said these “cowardly” attacks would not deter him from fighting the fight against drug trafficking, terrorism and organized crime. “The message is that Colombia has always stood firm against crime and our institutions are above any threat,” he said.
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