The kidnapping became a strategy of the armed front Óliver Sinisterra to boost its drug trafficking operations on the northern border.
On March 26, this irregular group kidnapped the newspaper team of this newspaper. 18 days later, the murder of journalist Javier Ortega, photographer Paúl Rivas and driver Efraín Segarra was confirmed. And for 10 days he has kept a couple of Ecuadorians in captivity. These are two young people from Santo Domingo who traveled to San Lorenzo for the sale of a motorcycle. Their families ask for their release.
The response of the Armed Forces and the Police has been taking control actions to confront and prevent further attacks by the armed group. From the scope of Security, the first measure that was adopted was the conformation of the first crisis committee of the current Government.
At the same time, the Public Safety Council of the State, the highest security body in the country, was called.
The objective was to have the advice of 10 entities to stop the threats. Another measure that was taken was to mobilize more troops to the border (12,000 police and military) with two states of exception. But this did not stop the irregulars.
On April 4, the group tried to fly an energy tower of the Viche parish in Esmeraldas. There were four detainees. On the 13th, agents captured nine employees from the Óliver Sinisterra front in Mataje.
Until the last report, there are 42 detainees linked to dissent. From that moment, the coordination between the Armed Forces of Colombia and Ecuador intensified. Even on April 17, intelligence agents from both countries met in Esmeraldas, in the third Combifron.
Although the operations continue, the authorities still do not recover the bodies of the professionals. Nor to the couple. The situation of the border is one of the topics measured in the survey that Cedatos concluded on April 20.
88.4% of Ecuadorians are concerned, while 36.7% believe that the Government has efficiently handled the fight against drug trafficking.
March 27, 2018
Minister César Navas confirmed the kidnapping of the newspaper team of EL COMERCIO and there was contact with captors.
April 3, 2018
Channel RCN reveals a video in which the kidnapped with life appear and say the requirements of the Óliver Sinisterra group to the State.
April 11-12, 2018
President Moreno acknowledges that the passage of drugs through the border was allowed and gives 12 hours to give proof of life of plagiarized.
April 13, 2018
The Government confirmed the murder of the three hostages and announced 7 measures, including the order to capture alias ‘Guacho’.
April 15-18, 2018
It is confirmed that the bodies of the journalists are in Colombia and the Red Cross intervenes. The kidnapping of the couple is revealed. (I)