BOGOTA – At least three Colombian policemen were killed in an attack in a rural area of the municipality of Miranda, in the southwestern department of Cauca, local media reported.
The deceased were identified as Lieutenant Wilfredo Madrigal and patrolmen Juan Gabriel Narvaez and Carlos Alfredo Lara, according to RCN Television.
The attack occurred when a police patrol passed through the village of El Caraqueño on its way to meet with other agents who had carried out activities with the community of Miranda, RCN Television added.
Although the perpetrators of the aggression are unknown, the guerrillas of the National Liberation Army (ELN) operate in the area, and within a few hours a bilateral ceasefire begins, as well as with one of the dissidents of the FARC’s already demobilized guerrilla.
According to Caracol Radio, after being attacked with explosives, the driver of the vehicle in which the victims traveled lost control and fell into a ditch.
According to the same source, after falling they were attacked by men armed with rifles.
At noon on Sunday, the Colombian government and the ELN, the country’s last active guerrilla group, will begin a 101-day ceasefire, which is the biggest achievement in peace talks that began last February in Quito.