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In Colombia, guerrillas blew up a police car killing 8, the deadliest attack since the arrival of the new president

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The new president, Petro, a member of the M-19 guerrillas, resumed talks with the ELN rebels.
The new president, Petro, has promised to restore “total peace” through talks.
The government is in talks with guerrillas and drug gangs to surrender, promising to reduce the sentence.

Bogotá, Eight police officers were killed Friday in a bomb attack in western Colombia. It is the deadliest attack on security forces since new President Gustavo Petro took office, promising to end the country’s nearly 60-year-old conflict. While the new president Petro, a former member of the M-19 guerrillas, has promised to restore “total peace” by resuming talks with the leftist rebels of the ELN.

According to a Reuters news agency, the government reached a peace agreement with the FARC guerrillas in 2016. What the guerrilla organization now denies. The government is still in talks with guerrillas and gangs involved in drug-related crimes to surrender, with promises to implement this peace deal and reduce sentences. President Petro said on Twitter that “I strongly condemn the bombing in San Luis, Huila, where eight police officers were killed.” Solidarity with their families. It is a clear attempt to sabotage efforts for a comprehensive peace. I asked the officials to go there to investigate.

It is reported that 8 police officers were killed when the vehicle the officers were in was hit by explosives. President Petro did not name the perpetrators of the attack, but security sources said so-called dissidents from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) remain active in the area. According to the government, the dissident guerrilla group FARC rejects the peace agreement reached by its former leaders and claims to have around 2,400 guerrillas in its group.

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Several famous dissident guerrilla commanders have recently been killed and many are fighting across the border in Venezuela. Clashes between the government, left-wing guerrillas, right-wing militias and drug gangs in violence-ridden Colombia have killed at least 450,000 people between 1985 and 2018 alone.

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