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Une partie de la base militaire Cucuta dévastée par l'explosion de la voiture piégée. Le 16 juin 2021. © Reuters - Stringer part of the cucuta military base devastated by the explosion of the car trapped. June 16, 2021.

An attack at the car trapped 36 wounded, Tuesday, June 15, in a military base of the city of Cucuta, in the north-east of Colombia, according to the government which attributed this attack to the guerrillas from the ELN.

By announcing this assessment, the Minister of Defense, Diego Molano, condemned a "terrorist act targeting Colombian soldiers". Three of the injured soldiers are in a serious state while two civilians who are among the victims are out of danger. "The starting hypothesis of the investigation is that the ELN is at the origin of this senseless and ignoble act" perpetrated in this border town of Venezuela. The ELN ("National Liberation Army") is considered the last active guerrilla of the country since the 2016 Peace Agreement with the Rebellion of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

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The Colombian President Ivan Duque went to the scene "to directly supervise the situation". According to a communiqué from the Ministry of Defense, around 15:00 local, two people in a white Toyota van were infiltrated in the base, pretending to be officials. They then triggered two explosions in the vehicle that affected military unit.

AFP journalists filmed and photographed several wounded entering a clinic near the place of the explosion.


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heterogeneous rebellion

cucuta is the capital of the norte department of Santander, where the army clash National Liberation (ELN), the Pelusos, remains of a demobilized Maoist insurrection, as well as the dissidents of FARC and many gangs of drug traffickers.

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armed groups are fighting for the control of 41,000 hectares of coca leaves in the region, a large contraband route to Venezuela and the Caribbean.

President Duque buried the talks started with the ELN by its predecessor and Nobel Peace Prize, Juan Manuel Santos , after the attack at the car trapped January 2019 against the Bogota Police School , in which 22 cadets had been killed, in addition to the author of the attack.

Operating since 1964 and with approximately 2,300 combatants, the ELN asserts not to be related to drug trafficking. Colombia is the world's largest producer of cocaine and the United States are the main consumer.

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