Colombian President Ivan Duque says he was a victim of“A cowardly attack”. He announced on Friday, June 25, that the helicopter in which he was traveling had been the target of gunfire near the border with Venezuela.
“We see bullet holes on the presidential aircraft”, Duque said in an official statement, adding that his security service had prevented “Something deadly”.
“We are not intimidated with violence, nor with acts of terrorism. Our State is strong, and Colombia is strong enough to face this kind of threat ”, added the head of state.
Great insecurity at the border
Mr. Duque was on board the helicopter with his defense and interior ministers and with the governor of the Norte de Santander department, which borders Venezuela.
The aircraft had taken off from the village of Sardinata and was heading for the town of Cucuta, the capital of the department located on the border. In this region of great insecurity clash the National Liberation Army (ELN), the Pelusos, vestiges of a demobilized Maoist insurgency, as well as dissidents from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and numerous trafficking gangs. drug.