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BOGOTA: 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 participating in an operation in opposition to dissidents in an space the place there are drug plantations.
The military’s air assault division mentioned in an announcement it was “on web site starting the corresponding investigations to find out the circumstances concerning the time, method and place that the occasions occurred.”
The armed forces’ prime commander, Normal Luis Fernando Navarro traveled to a navy base close by to direct the “manoeuvres aimed toward recovering the lacking.”
Protection Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo referred to the incident as a “airplane crash” however that model has not be corroborated by the navy excessive command.
Trujillo mentioned on Twitter that the six injured service personnel “have already been rescued and shall 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 felony 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 simple with the previous rebels complaining that 219 ex-fighters have been murdered because the 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 useless, lacking or displaced.