translated from Spanish: Four Colombian military killed in armed attack when they eradicated coca

Bogotá.- Fuentes castrenses reported that at least four Colombian servicemen were killed on Monday and one more was wounded in an attack in the municipality of Sardinata, in the department of Norte de Santander, where they were doing work to eradicate coca crops. The attack occurred in rural La Pradera at a time when uniforms manually eradicated coca bushes in that region that is part of the border area with Venezuela, according to the Army.
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According to the details, the deceased are three soldiers and a non-commissioned officer who were attacked by members of the illegal armed groups operating in the Catatumbo region, which includes Sardinata.The governor of Norte de Santander, Silvano Serrano, stated on his Twitter account that, “we reject the acts of violence that occurred in the municipality of Sardinata that ended the lives of heroes of the homeland. We urge the authorities to take those responsible and lead them to justice.”

The Guerrillas of the National Liberation Army (ELN), a redoubt of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), dissent 33 of the former FARC and drug gangs operate in the Catatumbo region. Sardinata is the fifth municipality of the country in coca cultivated area, with 5,487 hectares, a classification topped by the neighboring Tibu, with about 20,000 hectares planted. The Catatumbo region has 39,636 hectares dedicated to coca, equivalent to 20% of the national total, according to the 2019 report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) based on the Integrated Illicit Crop Monitoring System (SIMCI) measurements. According to the United Nations agency, the departments of Norte de Santander and Nariño, the latter bordering Ecuador, “group more than 50% of all the world’s coca” and if Putumayo and Cauca are added, the four concentrate 78% of these crops. You may also be interested:More animal diseases will come; OxfordSother of contagion ups in EuropaHong Kong reports its first case of coronavirus reinfection>

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