Eleven Colombian navy personnel have been lacking and 6 injured after a helicopter crashed within the southeast of the nation throughout an operation in opposition to guerrillas, the military mentioned on Tuesday.
The Blackhawk helicopter was carrying 17 navy personnel when it went down. The armed forces excessive command didn’t reveal whether or not it was shot down or an accident.
Authorities discovered the helicopter in a stretch of the river Inirida in Guaviare state, an space the place dissident former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas are lively.
FARC rebels laid down their arms in a historic 2016 peace deal that ended a half century of battle and turned the guerrillas right into a communist political occasion.
However greater than 2,000 dissidents, in keeping with authorities, refused to affix the 13,000 rebels that signed the peace deal and proceed to withstand the federal government, financing themselves although drug-trafficking and unlawful mining.
The military mentioned the helicopter was collaborating in an operation in opposition to dissidents in an space the place there are drug plantations.
The military’s air assault division mentioned in a press release it was “on website starting the corresponding investigations to find out the circumstances relating to the time, method and place that the occasions occurred.”
The greater than half century battle left 9 million individuals lifeless, lacking or displaced.
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