Seven cops were killed within an explosives attack in western Colombia on Friday, the federal government said, the deadliest attack on security forces since President Gustavo Petro took office promising to get rid of the countrys nearly 60-year conflict.
Petro, a former person in the M-19 guerrilla, has pledged to get total peace by restarting talks with leftist ELN rebels, applying a 2016 peace accord to former FARC guerrilla fighters who reject it, and negotiating the surrender of crime gangs in trade for reduced sentences.
I forcefully reject the attack with explosives in San Luis, Huila, Petro said on Twitter, quoting a death toll of eight, that was later revised. These acts certainly are a clear sabotage to total peace.
The national police and attorney generals office said late on Friday that seven cops including three aged 20 or under were killed and something was injured.
Petro traveled to regional capital Neiva along with his defense minister along with other officials for a security meeting following attack.
The automobile where the officials were traveling was hit with explosives, the national police said in a statement.
Petro didn’t name the perpetrators of the attack, but so-called dissidents from the now-demobilized Revolutionary MILITARY of Colombia (FARC) rebels operate in your community, in accordance with security sources.
Dissident groups reject the peace accord negotiated by their former leadership and count some 2,400 fighters within their ranks, based on the government.
Several well-known dissident commanders have already been killed recently, many in fighting over the border in Venezuela.
Colombias conflict between your government, leftist guerrillas, right-wing paramilitaries and drug trafficking gangs killed at the very least 450,000 people between 1985 and 2018 alone.