Three policemen killed in ambush with explosives in southwestern Colombia
(FILE) A member of the FARC guerrillas watches over the rural zone of Miranda, department of Cauca, Colombia, Feb. 15, 2013. EPA-EFE/CHRISTIAN ESCOBAR MORA EPA/Christian Escobar Mora
(FILE) A photograph dated Jun. 16, 2013 (reissued on Jun. 22, 2017) shows members of the National Liberation Army (ELN), the second most important guerrilla group in Colombia after the Farc, in Cali, Colombia. EPA-EFE/CHRISTIAN ESCOBAR MORA
A handout photo made available by Colombian Ministry of Defence shows the head of the Colombian delegation at the peace talks with the National Liberation Army (ELN, in Spanish) Juan Camilo Restrepo (C) speaking during a press conference accompanied by Colombian Minister of Defence Luis Carlos Villegas (2-L) in Bogota, Colombia, Sep. 30, 2017. EPA-EFE/Colombian Ministry of Defence HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
Bogota, Sep 30 (efe-epa).- At least three Colombian policemen were killed in an attack in a rural area of the municipality of Miranda, in the southwestern department of Cauca, local media reported.
The deceased were identified as Lieutenant Wilfredo Madrigal and patrolmen Juan Gabriel Narváez and Carlos Alfredo Lara, according to RCN Television.
The attack occurred when a police patrol passed through the village of El Caraqueño on its way to meet with other agents who had carried out activities with the community of Miranda, RCN Television added.
Although the perpetrators of the aggression are unknown, the guerrillas of the National Liberation Army (ELN) operate in the area, and within a few hours a bilateral cease-fire begins, as well as with one of the dissidents of the FARC's already demobilized guerrilla.
According to Caracol Radio, after being attacked with explosives, the driver of the vehicle in which the victims traveled lost control and fell into a ditch.
According to the same source, after falling they were attacked by men armed with rifles.
At noon on Sunday, the Colombian government and the ELN, the country's last active guerrilla group, will begin a 101-day ceasefire, which is the biggest achievement in peace talks that began last February in Quito.