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Ecuador’s response in the border will be “more forceful”, says President Lenin Moreno

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Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno presided over the Security Council.
Photo: Presidency

The Ecuadorian government attributes this situation to groups engaged in organized crime linked to drug trafficking which have been hit with the seizure of significant amounts of drugs and chemical precursors as well as the arrest of 14 citizens who are being investigated.

Quito, March 29 (Andes).-  Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno expressed Monday his “deep concern” about attacks occurred in the border with Colombia since last January and the kidnapping of a team from Ecuador’s El Comercio newspaper in Mataje.

“I presided over the Security Council today and I’ve ratified the Police’s and Armed Forces’ total support. We will not stop until our colleagues are freed and until this problem is completely solved,” he wrote on Twitter at the end of the meeting.

Terror attacks have occurred in Ecuador since January 27 when a car bomb exploded in San Lorenzo, province of Esmeraldas, leaving 28 injured. Last March 20, three soldiers died and 11 were injured after a homemade bomb exploded. Other attacks have occurred in Borbon and El Pan, province of Esmeraldas, border with Colombia.

The Ecuadorian government attributes this situation to groups engaged in organized crime linked to drug trafficking which have been hit with the seizure of significant amounts of drugs and chemical precursors as well as the arrest of 14 citizens who are being investigated.

“Our response will be even more forceful,” said President Moreno and added that the government is “doing everything it can to free” the kidnapped reporters immediately.

The Ecuadorian president ratified his complete support to State bodies and their autonomy. “We will not stop until this problem is solved,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Colombian government attributed the attack to Walter Patricio Artízala Vernaza, head of FARC dissidents.

Commanded of the Military Forces of Colombia, Alberto Mejia, affirmed that Artízala is “undoubtedly the person responsible to the attack in Tumaco and the kidnapping of reporters.”

Interior minister, Cesar Navas, told media that President Moreno signed a decree for the creation of the Border Security Council with the aim of strengthening actions and resources needed to strengthen security in the border.

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