The helicopter carrying President Duque was shot down on Friday near the border with Venezuela.
The Colombian government offers a reward of nearly $ 800,000 for information leading to the capture of those behind an attack Friday in a helicopter carrying President Ivan Duque near the border with Venezuela.
The helicopter was approaching Cucuta airport on a flight from Sardinata when several shots were fired – apparently from rifles.
Duke flew with Defense Minister Diego Molano, Interior Minister Daniel Palacios, and other officials at the time.
No one on board was injured, but photos posted by the president’s office showed the tail and the main blade.
“A reward of up to 3 billion Colombian pesos [$796,000] is offered ”for information leading to“ those responsible for this terrorist attack, ”Molano said Saturday in a video posted on social media.
General Jorge Vargas, head of the national police, said a search team sent to a nearby Cucuta neighborhood found an AK-47 and a 7.62-caliber rifle “bearing the mark of the Venezuelan armed forces.” .
We offer a reward of up to 3 billion pesos for information to locate those responsible for the attack on the president @IvanDuque. We call for the union of Colombians with the # FuerzaPública to defeat terrorism together: @Diego_Molano pic.twitter.com/jU7C8p9RZQ
– Mindefensa (@mindefensa) June 26, 2021
Translation: “We offer a reward of up to 3 billion pesos [$796,000] for information to locate those responsible for the attack on President @IvanDuque. We call for the union of Colombians with the #Public Force to defeat terrorism together, “Molano said.
Duque has repeatedly accused Venezuela’s socialist leader Nicolas Maduro of taking refuge in Colombian dissidents and armed rebels.
Bogota and Caracas broke off diplomatic relations shortly after Duque, a conservative, came to power in 2018.
“Our state is strong”
Earlier Friday, Duque had attended an event in the Catatumbo region, one of the main coca-growing areas of a country that is the world’s leading exporter of cocaine.
Resistance from the disbanded FARC rebel group, an active combat group called the National Liberation Army (ELN) and other armed gangs have been fighting for drug trafficking revenues along the long and porous border with Venezuela.
“We are not afraid of violence or acts of terrorism,” Duque said after the attack on his helicopter. “Our state is strong.”
Colombia has experienced one of its worst violence in years, especially in rural areas, including the border area.