A helicopter carrying Colombian President Iván Duque and several government officials was shot at on Friday, the president announced on Twitter, as Duque grapples with widespread anti-government protests and clashes between the military and rebel forces.
Colombian President Ivan Duque speaks to the media during a press conference at police headquarters … [+] in Bogota on Sept. 19, 2018.
In a Friday video, Duque said his helicopter was attacked near the city of Cúcuta, an area mired by occasional conflict between government forces and rebel groups, while carrying the president, the defense minister, the interior minister and the region’s governor.
Colombia has faced decades of infighting between the government, left- and right-wing groups and narcotics traffickers. The government signed a ceasefire with the guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, five years ago, but the government has continued to fight some breakaway groups still operating in the country. Last week, 36 people were injured in a car bombing at a military installation near Cúcuta, an incident Duque blamed on dissidents.