Bagota: A Black Hawk helicopter of Colombian army was apparently shot down by guerrillas killing 15 soldiers onboard, in a rural area of Teorama municipality in Norte de Santander province in Colombia.
“The information we have is that the incident occurred on the Santa Lucia trail near the small town of El Aserrio in the Catatumbo region,” Teorama prosecutor Ever Pallares told EFE.
The chopper, assigned to the army’s Mobile Brigade No. 33, had 15 soldiers on board, according to local media.
The helicopter was apparently headed for the Filo Guamo area, where technicians of state oil company Ecopetrol are working to repair a stretch of the Caño Limon-Coveñas pipeline, damaged the week before in a guerrilla attack.
Operating in that area bordering on Venezuela are guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the National Liberation Army (ELN), and the Popular Liberation Army (EPL), which authorities say is chiefly engaged in drug trafficking.