Deadly Explosions Rock Airport, Killing 2 Police Officers

Deadly Explosions Rock Airport, Killing 2 Police Officers

( – Oftentimes when news breaks of a terrorist attack in a country, it’s something overseas in the Middle East. After all, violence has been plaguing that region for decades. This time, the attack happened in the Americas and two law enforcement officers are dead.

On Tuesday, December 14, two bombs exploded in Cucutá, Colombia near the Camilo Daza International airport. The first bomb went off at 5 a.m. as a suspect tried to climb a fence that separates the airport from the street. The explosion killed the attacker.

The other bomb went off an hour after the first. The suspects had left it in a grassy field next to the tarmac. The second explosion killed Norte de Santander police officers David Reyes and Willian Bareño.

The airport is in the city of Cucuta, along the Venezuelan-Colombian border. Colombian Defence Minister Diego Molano called the incident a terrorist attack and said it might have been planned by rebels in Venezuela. Rebels from both the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) — a group that US President Joe Biden just removed from the international terror list — and the National Liberation Army (ELN) both operate in the area.

The relations between the two countries have been tense for decades. Recently, it’s devolved further as Venezuelan migrants regularly flee the oppressive Nicolás Maduro regime.

The Colombian airport wasn’t damaged in the attack but it was closed and evacuated.

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