Ivan Duque in the course of the navy parade to mark Colombias Independence Day on the Jose Maria Cordova Navy Faculty in Bogota, Colombia. (Picture by Vannessa Jimenez G/NurPhoto through Getty Photos)
- Officers say President Ivan Duque’s assault was deliberate by former FARC insurgent leaders.
- The automotive bombing wounded 44 individuals, together with two US navy advisers.
- In keeping with lawyer normal Francisco Barbosa, the FARC insurgent leaders who’ve been arrested rejected a 2016 peace deal.
Colombia arrested 10 individuals accused of involvement in assaults on a helicopter carrying President Ivan Duque and a navy base final month that officers stated on Thursday had been deliberate by former FARC insurgent leaders based mostly in Venezuela.
The automotive bombing on the base within the north japanese metropolis of Cucuta, dwelling to the military’s thirtieth brigade, wounded 44 individuals, together with two US navy advisers. Later in June, a helicopter approaching metropolis with Duque and different officers aboard was strafed by bullets.
The ten individuals captured in Norte de Santander province are former FARC rebels who reject a 2016 peace deal, Legal professional Normal Francisco Barbosa stated in a press convention broadcast through social media, and belong to the dissidents’ thirty third entrance.
Three took half within the planning and execution of each assaults and have been detained and charged, whereas one other is a retired military captain, Barbosa stated.
Orders to hold out the assaults got here from former FARC leaders who’re working from Venezuela, Protection Minister Diego Molano stated in the course of the convention.
He stated the incidents demonstrated the federal government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro sheltered FARC dissidents, calling them “terrorists”.
It is clear that this assault in opposition to the president, in opposition to the thirtieth brigade, was deliberate from Venezuela.
The Venezuelan authorities didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Colombia’s authorities has lengthy accused Maduro of turning a blind eye to the presence of Colombian rebels on his nation’s territory. Maduro, in flip, has stated Venezuela is a sufferer of criminals from Colombia.