Colombian President’s Helicopter Shot at Over Cocaine Region

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A helicopter carrying President Ivan Duque was fired on while flying over a cocaine-producing region in eastern Colombia near the border with Venezuela.

No one was injured in Friday’s incident, Duque said in an audio message sent by his press office.

The Black Hawk received six bullet impacts, according to local news magazine Semana, which didn’t say how it obtained the information.

Illegal armed groups tied to drug trafficking operate in Norte de Santander province, where the attack took place. These include dissident members of the Marxist FARC guerrilla organization, who turned their back on the peace process and took up arms again.

The attack was denounced by the international community. Juan Gonzalez, a senior director at the White House’s National Security Council, condemned the act in a tweet, and expressed support for Duque. Government leaders in Argentina, Mexico and Chile, among other nations in the region, also rejected the use of violence.

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