The Colombian government said today that will provide Venezuela with "all the collaboration" to ensure the punishment of those responsible for the murder of three soldiers of that country in the Venezuelan state of Amazonas, border with Colombia, informed official sources.

A statement from the Colombian Foreign Ministry says that Colombia "will be attentive to facilitate all the collaboration that is required, through the judicial cooperation channels, to ensure the punishment of those responsible for this unfortunate event, with the understanding that the fight against terrorism is a duty of all States. "

The Foreign Ministry adds that according to public information expressed by the Venezuelan Defense Minister, Vladimir Padrino, "these regrettable events occurred as a reprisal to the capture of 9 people, among which is the Colombian citizen Luis Felipe Ortega Bernal, who is a recognized leader of the Army of National Liberation (ELN), whose criminal record deserved him to circulate blue on the part of Interpol, for multiple crimes committed in our country ".

The attack, according to Padrino, occurred on Sunday when a patrol of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB, Military Police) was attacked by paramilitaries in reprisal for the capture of some of their comrades, although opposition parties blamed the ELN for those acts.

Padrino said the incident also responds to the search for "a border incident" by Colombia through armed groups.

Similarly, the Colombian government rejected "terrorism and violence generated by organized armed groups such as the ELN, which for years have beaten Colombia and its population, and will continue to confront them, in our territory, within the framework of legality."

Likewise, Colombia expressed "its solidarity and condolences for the reprehensible murder" of the members of the Bolivarian National Guard.

With regard to these events, the opposition Primero Justicia (PJ) and Voluntad Popular (VP) parties today accused the ELN guerrillas of killing three Venezuelan soldiers and asked the government of Nicolás Maduro for actions to contain this guerrilla.

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