Reward of $ 50 million to find responsible for the attack on a police station
27 Jan 2018 - 8:45 AM
The fact already leaves a balance of four uniformed dead and 42 injured. One of those involved is detained in the URI of the Prosecutor's Office of Barranquilla.
About 6:40 a.m. of this Saturday, a red motorcycle with two subjects entered the police station of San José, in Barranquilla, launching an explosive device against several uniformed that were in formation. Officially, the death of four patrollers and more than 20 wounded has been confirmed. The injured were transferred to health centers in the Atlantic capital, while the authorities cordoned off the area to begin investigative and inspection work. The police station is located on 39th street with 21B race.
In this audio you can hear the moment when the police asked for the ambulances to help their colleagues.
At this time the identity of the fatal victims of this attack on the station is known: Freddy de Jesús López Gutiérrez, Yossimar Márquez Navarro, Anderson René Cano Arteta and Freddys de Jesús Echeverría Orozco.
Some versions suggest that the attack on the police station would have been to cover the theft of about $ 12,000 million to a stock car, which also killed two people who worked with the money transport company. The attack on the vehicle happened a few blocks from where the explosive device was launched against the police. General Jorge Nieto said that at the moment they do not find any relationship with the attack, "it is very premature to enter a specific person, we have not seen any connection, it is an independent fact, but the information is being reviewed and the investigation is being carried out".
Another hypothesis points to a possible retaliation of criminal gangs for the operations that this week the authorities have given against the organizations that commit crimes in the city. This is what Mayor Alejandro Char says, "We do not have the slightest doubt that this is a retaliation against so many good blows from the police, not just the micro-traffic in Barranquilla but outside of Barranquilla," said the local president
QUITO, Jan 29 (Reuters) - A group of dissidents from the Colombia's former FARC guerrilla group were likely behind an attack on a police station in Ecuador, in retaliation for offensives against drug trafficking in the Andean nation, Ecuador's defense minister said on Monday.
A car bomb exploded on Saturday outside a police station in the town of San Lorenzo, on the border with Colombia, wrecking the station, damaging other houses in the area, and leaving 28 people with minor injuries.
"They are dissident groups of the FARC, dissident groups of a subversive movement that our brothers in Colombia has and that we are fighting because they have dedicated themselves to drug trafficking," Defense Minister Patricio Zambrano told reporters in Quito.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) fought the Colombian government for more than 52 years, but demobilized after a 2016 peace deal.
Though thousands of members handed over their arms, more than 1,000 are estimated to have refused, choosing to continue lucrative drug trafficking and illegal mining.
Police seized more than seven tons of chemicals and another ton of drugs in recent days and arrested seven people linked to dissident FARC operating on the border, according to official data.
Zambrano said the groups are seeking to "frighten the population" as the government combats drug trafficking. (Reporting by Alexandra Valencia; Writing by Helen Murphy; Editing by David Gregorio)