Bogota, Colombia, January 8 – At least 11 Colombian police officers were injured in an attack on their truck using explosives in the southwestern city of Cali, President Ivan Duque announced on Saturday.
The truck was badly damaged by the explosion. No civilians were reported injured.
“We condemn the cowardly terrorist attack on members of the mobile riot squad,” in the Puerto Rellena neighborhood, Duque said on Twitter.
“We sympathize with the 11 uniformed officers injured in the attack, including 3 seriously,” added the conservative president, who did not give details of the alleged perpetrator.
Cali’s Under-Secretary for Security Jimmy Dranguet told AFP it was an “explosive” attack.
With 2.2 million inhabitants, Cali is the third city in Colombia and one of the most violent in Latin America.
It is in one of the largest coca growing areas in Colombia, the largest producer of cocaine in the world.
Colombia is officially at peace after signing a pact with the FARC guerrillas in 2016 to end more than half a century of armed conflict.
But it has seen a surge in violence in recent months amid fighting over territory and resources between dissident guerrillas, the ELN rebel group, paramilitary forces and drug cartels.