Attack or False Flag Operation? Iván Duque Denounces ‘Attack’ on his Helicopter Near Paramilitary Stronghold of Cúcuta

In the midst of disbelief and comments that cast doubt on the veracity of the event, Colombian President Iván Duque decried that he was the victim of an alleged attack in which the helicopter in which he was traveling was shot at multiple times from the ground.

Colombian media spread the version that the presidential aircraft, a US-made Blackhawk combat helicopter, had received 6 bullet holes.

The official report states that there were no fatalities or injuries among those who were traveling in the helicopter, on board of which were also the Minister of Defense, Diego Molano, the Minister of the Interior, Daniel Palacios, and the Governor of Norte de Santander, Silvano Serrano.

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The attack against the Colombian presidential helicopter is alleged to have occurred after Duque had participated in a political activity in the town of Sardinata, in Catatumbo, and then had traveled to the city of Cúcuta in the department of Norte de Santander.

”Coward”
Later, Colombian President Iván Duque appeared in a video released by the presidency of the Republic of Colombia, in which he denounced the incident as a ”cowardly attack that left bullet holes on the presidential helicopter.”

He added in his speech that his administration will continue to fight organized crime groups that operate in his country. ”We will continue working every day and demonstrating that the State is present anywhere in the territory,” he insisted.

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He also announced that he issued instructions to the security forces to go ”after those who fired at the aircraft.” He emphasized on ensuring that Colombia remains strong in the face of crime, disregarding the fact that vast areas of its territory are occupied by paramilitary gangs and guerrilla groups.

In recent months, there have been increasing complaints that the Duque administration has abandoned the border regions with Venezuela, making it easier for Colombian terrorist groups to move freely in the corridors used for drug trafficking and other criminal activities.

Blame Venezuela
Since the very first moment that the news of the supposed attack was made public, right wing ”influencers” on social media networks started to spread the story that Venezuela was behind the incident, despite the fact that it had occurred in an area (near Cúcuta) completely under the control of right wing paramilitary groups with deep links to Duque’s godfather Álvaro Uribe, former president of Colombia.

On Saturday afternoon the narrative reached a new level when Colombian parliamentarian María del Rosario Guerra from the Centro Democratico party—incidentally founded by Álvaro Uribe—posted ”evidence” pointing at the Venezuelan Army, with some photos of two automatic rifles and other equipment allegedly belonging to FANB personnel who, in their infinite inefficiency, had left behind the weapons at the scene of crime.

 

Featured image: The Colombian presidential helicopter that was allegedly attacked near Cúcuta, an area largely controlled by pro-government paramilitary criminal gangs. Photo courtesy of NBC.

(RedRadioVE) by José Manuel Blanco Díaz, with Orinoco Tribune content

Translation: Orinoco Tribune

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José Manuel Blanco Diaz
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Vice President of the Radio Miraflores Foundation |radiomiraflores.net.ve | Presenter of | UCV Social Communication | UCV announcer

José Manuel Blanco Diaz

Vice President of the Radio Miraflores Foundation |radiomiraflores.net.ve | Presenter of | UCV Social Communication | UCV announcer