Armed strike in Colombia leaves six dead and 180 vehicles attacked

The Clan del Golfo is besieging 11 departments in retaliation for the extradition to the US of its leader, alias “Otoniel”.

At least six dead and 180 vehicles attacked, most of them incinerated, leaves the “armed strike” of the Clan del Golfo, the main criminal gang in Colombia that has dozens of populations in 11 departments of the country in distress, they reported this Sunday (08.05. 2022) the authorities.

The Ministry of Defense pointed out that the criminal actions of the Clan del Golfo, also known as the Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AGC), have led to the murder of three civilians, a police officer and two soldiers.

The “armed strike” of the Clan del Golfo, which began last Thursday and will last until Tuesday, is carried out in retaliation for the extradition to the US of its top boss, Dairo Antonio Úsuga, alias “Otoniel”, a day before .

This group has restricted trade, the movement of vehicles on highways and the mobility of people, threatening attacks on those who travel on the roads, even if they go in caravans escorted by the Army, in various departments of Colombia.

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On Saturday night, the municipality of Frontino, in the department of Antioquia, experienced difficult hours due to harassment of a police station near the village of Nutibara.

“This afternoon the community surrounding the Nutibara corregimiento began to inform us of the displacement of armed men towards the corregimiento with the motive of harassing and taking over the urban area of ​​this corregimiento,” said the mayor of Frontino, Jorge Hugo Elejalde.

That is why he called on the central government not to leave the town’s police alone in the face of criminal attacks and asked the Colombian president, Iván Duque, to “appear in the case.”

“It is very easy to be brave from the Casa de Nariño with 300 police and escorts that protect you, it is time to come to the regions where we are suffering, enduring hunger and there is no way to get the wounded and sick people out,” he said.

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Since the “armed strike” began, the authorities have arrested 92 people, 21 by court order and 71 in flagrante delicto, and among those captured appears alias ‘Pedro’, second leader of the Clan del Golfo in the department of Magdalena (north) .

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