Colombia arrests first suspects in assassination attempt

Colombian law enforcement authorities have detained six people on suspicion of an attempt on the life of President Ivan Duque Marquez, the newspaper El Tiempo reported on July 19.

“In what is known as Operation Sparta, police, army and prosecutors have captured six people in the municipalities of Tibu and Cucuta accused of attempting to kill President Ivan Duque,” the newspaper wrote.

The identities of the detainees have not been disclosed, but it is known that they will also be responsible for planting two explosive devices on the road leading from Kukuta to the municipality of Okanya. Apparently, the explosives were directed against a group of policemen, but they only caused damage to nearby houses.

Referring to the authorities, the newspaper notes that the leader of a unit of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Carlos Garcia, nicknamed Andrew, was the mastermind of the attack.

It is noted that among the detainees were several former military officers who may be involved in the activities of the former left-wing radical group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

On June 25, unknown gunmen fired at a helicopter carrying the Head of State Duque, Colombian National Defense Minister Diego Molano and Interior Minister Daniel Palacios. No one was injured in the attack. The Colombian leader stressed that the authorities would continue the fight against all criminal groups operating in the country.

On February 23, the leader of the left-wing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) leader Ceuxias Paucias Hernández Solarte, better known by the alias Jesus Santrich, threatened the life of Colombia’s president in a video message. The video was filmed on February 13 in Venezuelan territory.

Last September 26, it was reported that two foreigners were preparing an assassination attempt against Colombian President Ivan Duque Marquez.