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    Colombia leader says chopper hit by gunfire near Venezuela border

    BOGOTA (AFP) – Colombian President Ivan Duque said on Friday the helicopter he was flying in near the border with Venezuela was hit by gunfire.

    It was the first attack against a Colombian president in nearly 20 years.

    No one was injured. Colombian authorities did not say if the shots were fired from the Colombian or Venezuelan side of the frontier.

    “It is a cowardly attack, where you can see bullet holes in the presidential aircraft,” Duque said in a statement.

    Duque said he was flying with the defence and interior ministers and the governor of Norte de Santander province, which borders Venezuela, when the helicopter was attacked.

    Photos released by the president’s office showed the tail and main blade of the helicopter had been hit.

    The presidential delegation had left the town of Sardinata and was headed to the border city of Cucuta when they came under fire.

    Bullet holes are seen on the fuselage of a Colombian Air Force helicopter. PHOTO: AP
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