Colombian presidency's outpost on the border with Venezuela suffers gunfire

An outpost of the president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, was attacked this Wednesday (24) with rifle shots in the troubled region of Catatumbo, on the border with Venezuela, to where the government official plans to travel next Friday.

The incident was reported by the Colombian presidency, which detailed in a statement that “the attack with long-range firearms” was carried out in a rural area. of El Tarra, which is part of the department of Norte de Santander, against “vehicles that were heading to the municipality to join the presidential caravan” and that a driver was detained by the gunmen and later released.

Official information states that the attack took place in a sector known as San Pablo, where six armed men had set up an illegal checkpoint, which the caravan ignored, which is why the three vehicles at the outpost were “impacted with firearms.” .

“In this occurrence, one of the vehicles failed to pass the inspection and another had a flat tire. There were two vehicles and a driver from the National Protection Unit (UNP), who was later released. The other vehicles and their crew managed to pass through the checkpoint,” the statement added.

El Tarra is part of Catatumbo, a region of 10.089 square kilometers, mostly covered by jungles, in Norte de Santander, the Colombian department with the most hectares planted with coca.

In this area there is a strong presence of Army guerrillas of National Liberation (ELN) and the 33 th front of dissidents from the FARC, in addition to a stronghold of the Popular Liberation Army (EPL) and other gangs that dispute the corridors for drug trafficking and cultivation of coca.

In 25 June last year, the then Colombian president, Iván Duque, was the victim of an attack in Cúcuta, capital of Norte de Santander, when the helicopter in which he was traveling with two of his ministers and several regional authorities was attacked, but they were all unharmed.

This attack was attributed to Javier Alonso Velosa García, known as John Me chas, leader of the 33th front of FARC dissidents.

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