The attack took place in a rural area in the Huila department, reported AFP. “I strongly reject the attack with explosives in San Luis, Huila where eight police died,” Petro tweeted. he expressed Solidarity with the bereaved families.
No terror group has claimed the responsibility for the attack so far. “It was an attack against a police patrol … it seems as though it was with explosives and they were killed with firearms,” a spokesperson for the regional police told the news agency.
It is the first deadliest attack on public security forces since Petro took over as the President of the country last month. Notably, Petro is a former member of the M-19 guerrilla. After coming to power, Petro restarted dialogue with the National Liberation Army (ELN).
The ELN is recognised as the last organised guerrilla group which is still operating in the South American country. Notably, Petro’s predecessor, the conservative Ivan Duque, had snapped peace talks with the group after a 2019 car bomb attack on a police academy in Bogota. At least 22 people were killed in that attack.
The Colombian president has sought a “total peace” policy intending to end sixty years of conflict also involving drug trafficers, reported AFP. Petro said that the attack was clear sabotage of the total peace.