Helicopter carrying Colombian President Ivan Duque fired in “cowardly” attack, leaving bullet holes in the fuselage

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Helicopter carrying Colombian President Ivan Duque fired in “cowardly” attack, leaving bullet holes in the fuselage


Colombian President Ivan Duque said a helicopter carrying him and several officials were shot down in a “cowardly” attack.

Mr. Duque said the presidential helicopter was the “victim of an attack” that took place in the southern region of Catatumbo, on the border with Venezuela.

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Mr. Duque, flanked by Minister of the Interior Daniel Palacios (left) and Minister of Defense Diego Molano, promises to remain “strong in the face of crime”. Photo: AP

A video released by the presidency showed several bullet holes in the Colombian air force helicopter.

The right-wing leader said everyone on the plane was safe, including himself and the country’s defense minister and interior minister.

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Bullet holes are visible on the fuselage of the Colombian Air Force helicopter. Photo: AP

The group was returning from an event titled Peace with Legality, the Sustainable Catatumbo chapter before the incident.

“I want to inform the country that after fulfilling a pledge in Sardinata, in Catatumbo as it approaches the city of Cucuta, the presidential helicopter was the victim of an attack,” the president said in a statement.

He said the helicopter’s equipment and capabilities “prevented something deadly from happening”.

Mr. Duque did not provide the time of the incident or indicate who he said committed it, but several armed groups are known to operate in the area.

The mark of a projectile impact is visible on the propeller of a helicopter where Colombian President Ivan Duque was traveling in
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Several senior officials were also on board at the time of the incident.

The president said the “cowardly” attack would not stop him from fighting drug trafficking, terrorism and organized crime.

“The message is that Colombia is always strong in the face of crime and that our institutions are above any threat,” he added.

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