Helicopter carrying Colombia’s president attacked; all safe

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BUCARAMANGA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Iván Duque says the helicopter carrying him and several senior officials came under fire in the southern Catatumbo region bordering Venezuela, in a rare instance of a direct attack on a presidential aircraft. Duque said Friday that everyone on board the helicopter was safe, including himself, Defense Minister Diego Molano, Interior Minister Daniel Palacios and the governor of Norte de Santander state, Silvano Serrano. They had just attended an event titled “Peace with Legality, the Sustainable Catatumbo chapter.”  A video released by the presidency showed several bullet holes in the Colombian air force helicopter.

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