The Ecuadorian government reported today the arrest of nine citizens allegedly involved in the detonation on Wednesday in the Viche parish, in the province of Esmeraldas (north).
“The National Government reports that, following the explosion in the Viche parish (…), Operation Libertador II was carried out, which allowed the detention of nine citizens allegedly involved in the detonation,” a statement said.
The explosion occurred early Wednesday near a bridge, although today the government confirmed that the goal was truly an electricity tower.
The explosives would have been activated remotely.
Three Ecuadorians and one Colombian were arrested yesterday, according to the Ecuadorian prosecutor’s office, which did not specify their identities.
According to the official statement, the nine detainees are suspected of a crime of “terrorism”,
The explosion occurred a week after an Ecuadorian journalist team was kidnapped in the same province in a region bordering Colombia.
In the last three months the explosive attacks have intensified in the border area with Colombia, which have had as objectives the main police barracks of San Lorenzo, as well as military patrols, and which have left four Ecuadorian soldiers dead and a dozen wounded. .
The authorities attribute these attacks to organized armed groups that are linked to drug trafficking, including FARC dissidents. EFE (I).