Eleven Colombian navy personnel have been missing and 6 injured after a helicopter crashed inside the southeast of the nation all through an operation in the direction of guerrillas, the army talked about on Tuesday.
The Blackhawk helicopter was carrying 17 navy personnel when it went down. The armed forces’ extreme command didn’t reveal whether or not or not it was shot down or an accident.
Authorities found the helicopter in a stretch of the river Inirida in Guaviare state, an area the place dissident former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas are energetic.
FARC rebels laid down their arms in a historic 2016 peace deal that ended a half-century battle and turned the guerrillas proper right into a communist political social gathering.
Nevertheless better than 2,000 dissidents, in accordance with authorities, refused to hitch the 13,000 rebels that signed the peace deal and proceed to face up to the federal authorities, financing themselves through drug-trafficking and illegal mining.
The army talked about the helicopter was taking part in an operation in the direction of dissidents in an area the place there are drug plantations.
The army’s air assault division talked about in an announcement it was “on web site beginning the corresponding investigations to search out out the circumstances referring to the time, technique and place that the events occurred.”
The armed forces’ excessive commander, Regular Luis Fernando Navarro, travelled to a navy base shut by to direct the “manoeuvres geared towards recovering the missing.”
Safety Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo referred to the incident as a “plane crash” nonetheless that mannequin has not been corroborated by the navy extreme command.
Trujillo talked about on Twitter that the six injured service personnel “have already been rescued and could 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 many extremely efficient jail groups to emerge from FARC dissidents, led by Gentil Duarte, operates.
Duarte initially took half in peace talks nonetheless lastly opted to proceed the guerrilla battle and is attempting to unite completely different groups that broke away from the FARC peace movement.
Peace has not been easy with the earlier rebels complaining that 219 ex-fighters have been murdered given that peace deal was signed.
No matter FARC laying down its arms, a multi-faceted battle continues to rage.
Alongside FARC dissidents, one different left-wing guerrilla group, the Nationwide Liberation Navy (ELN), right-wing paramilitaries, and drug-traffickers proceed to battle each other and the Colombian army.
The better than half-century battle left 9 million people lifeless, missing or displaced.