President Alvaro Uribe has come under attack as he arrived at a village in north-west Colombia where Marxist rebels have been active. Suspected rebels opened fire with machine guns, forcing the president’s helicopter to return to a nearby military base. As the president retreated, a second security aircraft fired into the jungle where the gunmen were hiding, but there was no confirmation that anyone was hit. Mr Uribe returned later to the village of Granada in Antioquia Province to mark its reconstruction since it was destroyed by rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc). I was informed while in the helicopter of yet another crazy act by the Farc – Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. Twenty-nine people were killed and more than 200 homes destroyed in the December 2000 attack. Full Story
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