Colombian President’s helicopter attacked by gunfire
Colombian President Ivan Duque said Friday the helicopter he was flying in near the border with Venezuela was hit by gunfire. “It is a cowardly attack, where you can see bullet holes in the presidential aircraft,” Duque said in a statement. Duque said he was flying with the defense and interior ministers and the governor of Norte de Santander province, which borders Venezuela, when the helicopter was attacked.
The presidential delegation had left the town of Sardinata and was headed to the border city of Cucuta when they came under fire. Duque had attended an event in the Catatumbo region, one of the main coca-growing areas of the country. Colombia is the world’s largest cocaine producer.
The helicopter was also carrying Defence Minister Diego Molano, Interior Minister Daniel Palacios, and governor of Norte de Santander Silvano Serrano. According to local media, there is currently a “Padlock operative” in the Camilo Daza neighborhood, from where the presidential helicopter was shot.
“We are not frightened by violence or acts of terrorism. Our state is strong and Colombia is strong to confront this kind of threat,” said Duque.