Colombia: The horrific bomb blast in Colombia. Eight police officers are reported to have been killed in an explosion in Colombia on Friday night. The country's President Gustavo Petro expressed grief over the incident.
Colombia: Eight police officers are reported to have been killed in an explosion in Colombia on Friday night. The country’s President Gustavo Petro expressed grief over the incident, saying it was the deadliest attack on security forces in the last 60 years. The attack took place in a rural area in Huila department.
In a tweet about the blast, Petro strongly condemned the attack and said that he would not tolerate such incidents at all. Eight policemen have been killed in the blast, we all stand with their families. He has categorically denied this terrorist incident as a sign of complete peace. Giving information, Petro said that he has ordered an inquiry into the incident.
Rechazo contundentemente el ataque con explosivos donde murieron 8 policías en San Luis, Huila. Solidaridad con sus familias. Estos hechos expresan un claro saboteo a la paz total. He pedido a las autoridades desplazarse al territorio para asumir la investigación.
— Gustavo Petro (@petrogustavo) September 2, 2022
According to the information given by the police about the incident, the incident has been done by an explosion in the vehicle of the police officers. However, so far no clear information has been given about the perpetrators of the crime.
Petro, a former member of the M-19 rebel movement, has vowed to seek “complete peace” by resuming talks with the National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels. For this, the 2016 peace Agreement for the Fighters of the Former Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) of Colombia has been implemented. So that the surrender of crime gangs can be negotiated in exchange for less punishment.
Let us tell you that his predecessor, the conservative Ivan Duque, broke peace talks with the ELN after the 2019 car bomb attack on a police academy in Bogota that killed 22 people. Petro did not name the suspected perpetrators of Friday’s attack, but according to security sources, the now-disbanded FARC rebels are active in the so-called dissident area of the movement.
At the same time, according to the government, dissident groups have rejected the peace agreement reached by their former leadership and count some 2,400 fighters in their ranks. Several famous dissident commanders have recently been killed, many in cross-border fighting in Venezuela.
At least 450,000 people have been killed between 1985 and 2018 alone in Colombia’s conflict between the government, left-wing rebels, right-wing paramilitary forces and drug trafficking gangs.