Bombings at Colombian airport kills three, authorities say

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Bombings at Colombian airport kills three, authorities say

<div> <p><span class="caps">BOGOTA</span> – Three people were killed early on Tuesday morning in two explosions at the airport in the Colombian border city of Cucuta, police and security officials said.</p> <p>Cucuta is the capital of Norte de Santander, a province along the border with Venezuela that has become the new epicenter of Colombia’s long internal conflict as security forces battle drug gangs and rebels amid increasing coca production.</p> <p>“Criminals entered the Camilo Daza airport where they detonated an explosive artifact between the runway and the fence,” Cucuta police commander Colonel Giovanni Madarriaga said in a video. “Because of this (explosion) there were human remains.”</p> <p>Several minutes later police assessing the area found a suitcase, Madarriaga added.</p> <p>“As they approached, with all security precautions, it exploded,” he said.</p> <p>The two dead policemen, William Bareno Ardila and David Reyes Jimenez, had both been recognized for their work to remove landmines, the police said in messages to journalists.</p> <p>The police are collecting evidence to identify the perpetrators, Madarriaga added.</p> <p>Both President Ivan Duque and Defense Minister Diego Molano rejected the attack on Twitter.</p> <p>“We are coordinating all immediate actions to find those responsible for this attack,” Duque said.</p> <p/> </div>