During a security inspection, the Vice President’s team found a plastic bag wrapped in brown tape containing ammonium nitrate, powdered aluminum, and shrapnel.
BOGOTA, Jan. 10 ( Associated Press).— The Colombia’s Vice President Francia Marquez condemned Tuesday’s attempt to Violation against him explosives that were discovered by safety device why explosion in a controlled manner.
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.
Members of my security team found a device containing more than 7 kg of explosive material on the road leading to my family’s residence in the village of Yolombo in Suarez, Cauca. It was destroyed in a controlled manner by SIJIN’s anti-explosive personnel. pic.twitter.com/gUpYQVOfD
— Francia Marquez Mina (@FranciaMarquezM) January 10, 2023
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.
Marquez is the first social and African-descendant leader to rise to the position of Vice President 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.
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).
The Vice President said, “We will not give up until it is possible to live in true harmony in every field.”
In addition to being the second president, Márquez will head the recently created Equality Ministry, which seeks to articulate efforts to guarantee basic needs such as public services, education or health in a country where 39 percent of its population lives in poverty Is. … according to official data.