Colombia: UN-backed team ambushed; one wounded in attack

Observers from the UN Mission in Colombia. Photo: UN Mission in Colombia

7 August 2017 – A team from the United Nations Mission in Colombia was ambushed on Sunday while working to uncover explosives left by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) in the Caloto municipality in the south-west of the country.

While one member of the Peacebuilding Unit (UNIPEP) of the Colombian National Police was injured during the attack, the rest of the team, made up of observers, other police officers and ex-combatants of the FARC-EP, were unharmed and remain safe in the Veredal Zone of Cauca.

In a communiqué, the UN Mission highlighted the work of the Colombian public forces in the operations of extracting hidden explosives and looked forward to the prompt recovery of the national police officer.

So far it has not been determined who was responsible for the attack.


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