(BOGOTA, Colombia.) LATEST: Police have arrested 10 people accused of involvement in attacks on a helicopter carrying President Ivan Duque and a military base last month that officials said on Thursday (Jul 22) were planned by former FARC rebel leaders based in Venezuela #AceNewsDesk report

#AceDailyNews says that Colombia has arrested 10 over attacks on Duque’s helicopter, military base: The car bombing at the base in the northeastern city of Cucuta, home to the army’s 30th Brigade, wounded 44 people, including two US military advisers…….Later in June, a helicopter approaching the city with Duque and other officials aboard was strafed by bullets.

The mark of a projectile impact is seen on a helicopter that Colombian President Ivan Duque was traveling in, after it suffered an attack during an overflight, according to authorities, in Cucuta, Colombia June 25, 2021. Colombia Presidency/Handout via REUTERS

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SOURCE: Reuters 23 Jul 2021 05:26AM:

The 10 people captured in Norte de Santander province are former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels who reject a 2016 peace deal, Attorney General Francisco Barbosa said in a news conference broadcast via social media, and belong to the dissidents’ 33rd front.

Three of them took part in the planning and execution of both attacks and have been detained and charged, while another is a retired army captain, Barbosa said.

Orders to carry out the attacks came from former FARC leaders who are operating from Venezuela, Defense Minister Diego Molano said during the news conference.

Molano said the attacks demonstrated that the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro sheltered FARC dissidents, referring to them as “terrorists”.

“It’s clear that this attack against the president, against the 30th Brigade, was planned from Venezuela,” Molano said.

Colombia’s government has long accused Maduro of turning a blind eye to the presence of Colombian rebels on his country’s territory. Maduro, in turn, has said Venezuela is a victim of criminals from Colombia.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza responded on Twitter, accusing Molano of pointing at Venezuela in an effort to distract from Colombia’s internal problems.

“Once again they use Venezuela to try to hide the tragedy of their country,” he said, adding that Colombia was riddled with violence and armed groups, with an economy reliant on drug trafficking.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: July.24: 2021:

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‘ FARC AGREE TO RELEASE ARMY GENERAL & HOSTAGES PEACE TALKS MAY RESUME ‘

#AceWorldNews – COLUMBIA – Nov.20 – Colombian Marxist rebels agreed to release an army general captured by their comrades over the weekend, Reuters said.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) promised to free General Ruben Dario Alzate and four others captured in the past two weeks “as soon as possible.”

The agreement reached with the government and guarantor nations Cuba and Norway may help resume peace talks.

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` Columbian Government and FARC Rebel Group Agree Plan to Deal with Illegal Drugs Trade ‘

#AceWorldNews – COLUMBIA – May 17 – The Colombian government and the FARC rebel group have agreed on a plan to deal with the South American country’s illegal drugs trade.

The deal is third in a six-point peace agreement being negotiated between the two sides in Cuba. FARC, which controls large areas of territory in rural Colombia, is believed to fund large amounts of its activity through the illegal drugs trade.

Last year, the Colombian government and the left-wing FARC group agreed to the first two points in the peace plan – land reform and political participation.

The details of Friday’s agreement will need to be discussed further by special commissions.

The peace talks were initiated by Colombian President Juan Manuel Carlos, who is seeking a second mandate in next week’s elections.

The civil war in Columbia has killed around 220,000 people over the past five decades.

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` Columbia’s Leftist FARC and ELN Rebels Declare Cease-Fire from May 20 – 28 for Presidential Elections ‘

#AceWorldNews – COLUMBIA – May 16 – Colombia’s leftist FARC and ELN rebels on Friday declared a unilateral cease-fire from May 20 to May 28, Reuters said.

The period includes the May-25 presidential election, and the guerrillas and the government continued work toward a comprehensive peace plan in negotiations in Havana.

“We are ordering all of our units to cease any offensive military action against the armed forces or the economic infrastructure as of 0000 hours on Tuesday, May 20, until 2400 hours on Wednesday, May 28,” rebel leader, Pablo Catabumbo, said in Havana.

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