Bogota | THE COUNTRY | EFE
An officer and two soldiers of the Colombian Army were injured this Wednesday in an attack that alleged FARC dissidents carried out against a group of soldiers in the Catatumbo region, in the department of Norte de Santander, military sources reported.
The Vulcano Task Force Command, organic of the Army’s Second Division, explained in a statement that it was an attack with hand grenades that occurred in the La Cuatro village, in the municipality of Tibú, on the border with Venezuela.
“The uniformed men, an officer and two soldiers, were part of a military component sent with the aim of guaranteeing security in the urban area,” the information detailed.
The attackers were mobilizing on motorcycles and after throwing the devices at the military, they fled.
The three wounded were sent to the dispensary of the Military Canton of Tibú and later sent to a hospital in Cúcuta, the departmental capital, and they are “stable and out of danger.”
Catatumbo, a mostly jungle region in the department of Norte de Santander, is made up of the municipalities of Tibú, El Tarra, Sardinata, El Carmen, Convencion, Teorama, San Calixto, Hacarí, La Playa, Ábrego and Bucarasica.
In this area of the country, which borders Venezuela, there is a presence of the National Liberation Army (ELN) and FARC dissidents, as well as a stronghold of the Popular Liberation Army (EPL) and other gangs that clash in corridors to drug trafficking and coca crops.