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Colombian President denounces attack on helicopter in which he was traveling

By Pamela Cruz. Peninsula 360 Press [P360P].

The president of Colombia, Iván Duque, denounced that the helicopter carrying him and other officials was attacked with firearms on Friday.

According to data from the Ministry of Defense, the vessel was heading from the municipality of Sardinata, department of Norte de Santander, to the city of Cúcuta.

The officials accompanying President Duque were Diego Molano and Daniel Palacios, Ministers of Defense and Interior, respectively. 

In addition, the governor of Norte de Santander, Silvano Serrano, was also in the aircraft.

"Here they do not intimidate us with acts of terrorism," said Duque himself in a video he posted on social networks.

"I want to inform the country that after fulfilling a commitment in Sardinata, in the Colombian Catatumbo and approaching the city of Cúcuta, the presidential helicopter was the victim of an attack... Both the aerial device and the capacity of the aircraft prevented something lethal from happening," he said hours later in an official statement from Cúcuta.

The president did not specify the time of the attack or its possible perpetrators.

Duque described the act as "cowardly" and assured that this will not deter him from fighting drug trafficking, terrorism and "organized crime operating in the country".

Pamela Cruz
Pamela Cruz
Editor-in-Chief of Peninsula 360 Press. A communicologist by profession, but a journalist and writer by conviction, with more than 10 years of media experience. Specialized in medical and scientific journalism at Harvard and winner of the International Visitors Leadership Program scholarship from the U.S. government.

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