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Eight police officers killed in Colombian bomb attack | News

The attack is the deadliest for security forces since President Gustavo Petro took office promising to restore peace.

Eight police officers have been killed in a bomb attack in western Colombia. President Gustavo Petrowhich was the deadliest attack on security forces since he took office and promised to end nearly 60 years of conflict in the country.

A police source said a police officer was killed on Friday when his car was hit by an explosive.

“Forcibly denies explosive attack in San Luis, Huila, where eight police were killed. Solidarity with families,” Petro said on Twitter on Friday.

“These acts are a clear sabotage to full peace. I have asked the authorities to go to the area to conduct an investigation.”

A former member of the M-19 rebel movement, Petro “perfect peace” Reopen talks with the National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels, apply them to former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) combatants who rejected the 2016 peace deal, and negotiate the surrender of criminal gangs in exchange for reduced sentences. by.

His predecessor, conservative Yván Duque, broke off peace talks with the ELN after a 2019 car bomb attack on a police academy in Bogotá killed 22 people.

Petro has not named a suspect in Friday’s attack, but so-called dissidents from the now-demobilized FARC rebel movement are known to be active in the area, security sources said. .

dissident groups rejected the peace deal There are about 2,400 fighters in their ranks, negotiated by their former leaders, according to the government.

Recently, several high-profile rebel commanders were killed. Many of them were fighting across borders. Venezuela.

In Colombia, at least 450,000 people died between 1985 and 2018 alone in conflicts between the government, left-wing rebels, right-wing militias, and drug lords.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/9/3/eight-police-officers-killed-in-colombia-explosives-attack Eight police officers killed in Colombian bomb attack | News

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