Eleven Colombian navy personnel have been lacking and 6 injured after a helicopter crashed within the southeast of the nation throughout an operation towards guerrillas, the military stated 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 battle and turned the guerrillas right into a communist political occasion.
However greater than 2,000 dissidents, in accordance with authorities, refused to affix the 13,000 rebels that signed the peace deal and proceed to withstand the federal government, financing themselves by way of drug-trafficking and unlawful mining.
The military stated the helicopter was participating in an operation towards dissidents in an space the place there are drug plantations.
The military’s air assault division stated in an announcement it was “on web site starting the corresponding investigations to find out the circumstances relating to the time, method and place that the occasions occurred.”
The armed forces’ prime commander, Common Luis Fernando Navarro, travelled to a navy base close by to direct the “manoeuvres geared toward recovering the lacking.”
Protection Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo referred to the incident as a “aircraft crash” however that model has not been corroborated by the navy excessive command.
Trujillo stated on Twitter that the six injured service personnel “have already been rescued and will probably be transferred to Bogota for his or her medical consideration.”
The banks of the Inirida river are in a strategic zone for the drug-trafficking commerce the place one of the crucial highly effective prison teams to emerge from FARC dissidents, led by Gentil Duarte, operates.
Duarte initially took half in peace talks however lastly opted to proceed the guerrilla wrestle and is attempting to unite different teams that broke away from the FARC peace motion.
Peace has not been straightforward with the previous rebels complaining that 219 ex-fighters have been murdered because the peace deal was signed.
Regardless of FARC laying down its arms, a multi-faceted battle continues to rage.
Alongside FARC dissidents, one other left-wing guerrilla group, the Nationwide Liberation Military (ELN), right-wing paramilitaries, and drug-traffickers proceed to battle one another and the Colombian military.
The greater than half-century battle left 9 million individuals lifeless, lacking or displaced.