BOGOTA ( Associated Press) – Colombia’s Vice President Francia Marquez on Tuesday faced an attempted attack against her with explosives that were found and detonated in a controlled manner by her security team.
According to a report released by Márquez on his Twitter account, about seven to nine kilograms of explosives were found planted one meter from the road leading to his family’s residence in Yolombo, in the restive department of Cauca in the country’s southwest .
The security team reported a plastic bag wrapped in brown tape containing ammonium nitrate, powdered aluminum and shrapnel during a security inspection ahead of Marquez’s planned visit on January 7–9.
Police explosives personnel rushed to the spot who detected the device with the help of sniffer dogs and then detonated it in a controlled manner.
Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and head of the verification mission in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Macieu, rejected the attempted attack on Marquez. “My full solidarity is with him, his community, the government and Colombia,” he said on Twitter.
Marquez is the first socialite and African-descendant leader to reach the vice-presidential position in a country where defending the rights of one community can cost you your life. It has survived several threats to condemn illegal mining in its territory and a grenade attack in 2019.
After condemning the new attack attempt, Marquez assured that he would continue to work until he achieved “the total peace that Colombia dreams of and needs”, despite the fact that many armed groups work that the state has signed a peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces. Colombia in 2016. (FARC), which was the oldest guerrilla in Latin America.
The Vice President said, “We will not give up until it is possible to live in true harmony in every field.”
Authorities have not identified the alleged perpetrators of the attempted attack. Illegal groups operate in Kaka, such as FARC dissidents who did not accept the peace deal and the guerrilla National Liberation Army (ELN).
In addition to being the second president, Márquez will head the recently created Ministry of Equality, which seeks to articulate efforts to guarantee basic needs such as public services, education or health in a country where 39% of the population lives in poverty, According to official figures.