June 14, 1990 |
Gunmen in the cocaine capital of Medellin sprayed a patrol car with bullets, killing two officers and wounding two others. The four were going off duty after guarding the house of the provincial police director. The murders brought to 127 the number of officers killed in the city this year. Shortly afterward, the "Extraditables"--top traffickers wanted for trial in the United States--renewed their declaration of war on the government in an open letter to the police director.
July 29, 1990 |
Gunmen killed four more police officers in Medellin, three of them after the city's cocaine cartel declared an end to its campaign of bombings and assassinations, police said Saturday. Minutes before the Extraditables, as the Medellin drug bosses call themselves, sent a message by facsimile mail to the local press Friday calling for a truce, gunmen killed a police officer, according to a police statement. Three other police officers were assassinated later in the day, the statement said.
August 26, 1988
At least 25 leftist guerrillas and 21 police officers and soldiers were killed during three days of fighting in Colombia's northern province of Cordoba, Jose Amin, the governor of the region, reported. The clashes began Tuesday when rebels took over the town of Salsa, 350 miles northwest of the capital of Bogota, and ended when the guerrillas abandoned the town during a thunderstorm.
October 30, 1992 |
Three police officers were killed and eight others wounded in Medellin, Colombia, in what security sources said was almost certainly retaliation by the city's powerful cocaine cartel. Brance Munoz Mosquera, the No. 1 hit man for cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar, died in a shootout with police early Wednesday. Later in the day bands of gunmen attacked two police cars and a bus. One of the attackers was slain and two others captured.
April 12, 1990 |
A powerful car bomb exploded on a highway bridge near Colombia's cocaine capital of Medellin, destroying a police truck and killing at least 16 people and wounding at least 73, police said. The bomb exploded near the town of Itagui as a truck carrying police officers was passing. Eight officers and eight civilians were killed, police reported. The officers were members of the Elite Brigade, which operates against drug traffickers and leftist guerrillas.
May 12, 1990 |
Carlos Guerro Rodriguez, chief of security for the city of Medellin, was assassinated by gunmen who fired into his jeep while he waited at a traffic light. And two more police officers were shot to death in that turbulent cocaine center. The killings appeared to signal a new surge in attacks on peace officers. Seven police officers, in addition to Guerro, were killed in 72 hours in or near the city.