Photo: Assault on Cash Helicopter Leaves Six people dead in Colombia
Six people were killed in Colombia after hostile armed forces attacked a helicopter carrying money to a local bank.
Four police officers and two civilians were killed in the fire exchange between criminals attempting to get to the cash bags at a precarious helicopter-landing site in the city of Caloto, in the South Western Cauca region, and the policemen who were unloading it.
General Oscar Naranjo, the head of the Colombian police, condemned the attack and offered his condolences to the families of the victims of such a cowardly attack, which he blamed to the left-wing guerrilla terrorists of the FARC.
“We’re still talking to our sources, but we assume it was carried out by Farc terrorists,” he said.
The bandits arrived just as the helicopter Bell 206 from the private company “Delta Helicopters” had left the town’s soccer field, used as a landing-site. Following the gunfire exchange, the criminals were able to take off with little over $130,000.
Guillermo González, governor of Cauca asked on Wednesday for military reinforcements to the region, since this is not the first time that his police force is shot at by FARC; additionally, González hopes extra military support, will improve police intelligence in the area, “[the perpetrators] had to have been tipped, they knew the routine, this wasn’t planned overnight,” he said.