Attack on police station kills three in Colombia

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Three policemen were killed and seven others wounded, including two seriously injured, Friday, Nov. 22 in Colombia during a bombing of gas cylinders against a police station in Santander de Quilichao, Cauca Department, south-west. at Agence France-Presse (AFP) the secretary of the town hall, Jaime Asprilla.

The municipal official dismissed only the assumption that this attack, which occurred around 9 pm local time (3 am in Paris), is related to the current protest against President Ivan Duque. It has been attributed to armed groups operating in Cauca, a strategic region for the trafficking of marijuana and cocaine, of which Colombia is the world's largest producer. "It is an attack of organized groups that have means and are related to the theme of drugs", he said.

The head of state condemned on Twitter what "Cowardly terrorist attack", ordering "The public force to identify those responsible" and expressing solidarity with the "Close to these heroes". Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo said the explosion damaged nearby homes where civilians reside.

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Asprilla said that the city council will declare a curfew in the city until Sunday to ensure public order and security of the population. Dissidents of the former FARC guerrillas, who rejected the 2016 peace agreement, as well as the country's last rebel National Liberation Army (ELN), and gangs of narco-traffickers are fighting for control of the country. Cauca, which has extensive narco-plantations.


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