Colombia: Eight police officers killed following president’s push for peace

Eight police officers have been killed in an explosion and shooting attack in Colombia.

They were leaving a social event in the south-western department of Huila when their vehicle hit a road mine.

They were then shot dead in the ambush, a police spokesperson said.

It is the worst attack on security forces since former guerrilla Gustavo Petro was sworn in as Colombia’s first left-wing president less than a month ago.

Mr Petro condemned the attack, calling it “a clear act of sabotage against peace” in a tweet.

No group has said it was behind the attack, but Colombia’s Blu Radio pointed the finger at guerrilla groups operating in the area.

And security sources have said that dissidents from the now disbanded communist guerrilla group, Farc operate in the area, Reuters news agency reports.

Mr Petro was elected on a radical manifesto to fight inequality by providing free university education, pension reforms, and high taxes on unproductive lands – a departure for Colombia had…

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