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President of Colombia Iván Duque’ Helicopter Hit By Gunfire

By Disha Sharma -
  • Updated
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  • 26th June 2021,
  • 4:41 PM

President of Colombia Iván Duque' helicopter has been hit by gunfire as it flew near the border with Venezuela. It was flying toward Cúcuta in the Norte de Santander province, alongside the defence minister, interior minister and the province's governor

PRESIDENCY OF COLOMBIA /REUTERS

PRESIDENCY OF COLOMBIA /REUTERS

Colombia: President of Colombia Iván Duque’ helicopter has been hit by a gunfire as it flew near the border with Venezuela.

It was flying toward Cúcuta in the Norte de Santander province, alongside the defence minister, interior minister and the province’s governor.

However, no one has been hurt in the incident.

Duque denounced the attack as a ‘cowardly attack’. He also added that he was not frightened by violence or acts of terrorism.

He added that their state is strong enough to face any challenge or any kind of threat, he said in a video address posted on Twitter.

Security forces are under orders to find the culprits, he further added.

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A local newspaper reported that that the loud noise was heard by occupants as if something had hit the engine. It felt like as the helicopter was coming into land.

The leftist National Liberation Army (ELN) operates in the Catatumbo region, which spans the Colombian-Venezuelan border.

ELN was founded in 1964 to fight against inequality in land and wealth distribution.

The ELN is the country’s largest rebel group and is regarded a terrorist organisation by Colombia, the US and the European Union.

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Previously, this month a car bomb took place on a military base Cucutta. However, the ELN rebuffed any involvement in the said car bomb attack. The attack injured 36 people, including two US military advisers.

Meanwhile,  killing more than 100 and others injured, a tornado swept through several villages in the Czech Republic On Thursday night.

Winds of at least 219km/h (136 mph) blew the roofs off buildings in the south-eastern Breclav and Hodonin districts. The wild storm uprooted trees and overturned cars. The worst-hit areas looked like a war zone.

In one video, an apocalyptic landscape can be seen. Cars can be seen dumped like toys on the debris of steel. Planks of wood have been sprinkled on the ground like matchsticks

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