Colombia: Eight police officers killed in bomb attack

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Eight police officers lost their lives in bomb attack which occurred on Friday in the west Colombiawhile the country’s new president is trying to end the civil war that has been raging for almost 60 years.

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Gustavo Petros, former member of the M-19 guerrilla movement, has pledged to pursue “peace” restarting talks with the leftist rebels of the National Liberation Army (ELN), implementing the 2016 peace deal with former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels, and negotiating the surrender of criminal gang members in exchange for reduced sentences.

“I strongly condemn the explosive attack in San Luis, Huila, where eight police officers were killed. I express my solidarity with the families of the victims”Petros wrote in a post on Twitter, adding that he has asked the authorities to conduct an investigation to identify those responsible.

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According to police imgs, the victims were in a vehicle that was blown up with explosives.

So-called FARC rebels – who reject a peace deal negotiated by their former leadership and number about 2,400 fighters – are operating in the region, according to security imgs cited by Reuters. Several of their known commanders have been killed recently, some in fighting on the border with Venezuela.


Source: News Beast

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