State of Emergency In Ecuador Province After Attack in Mining Area

Quito - Ecuadorians today are expecting to know the actions carried out by the Armed Forces of this country, following the attack by armed groups to a mining camp in the province of Morona Santiago, where it was declared a state of emergency.

As a result of the acts, which occurred in Esperanza, part of the San Carlos Panantza mining project, a member of the national police died and seven were wounded, five soldiers and two officers.

'We are not going to allow the violation of the law and aggression of this type that violate the constitutional order,' assured security Minister, César Navas, on a national network.

From the headquarters of the Integrated Security System

ECU 911, the minister announced that in the hours following the attack the authorities would declare a state of emergency for Morona Santiago with the intervention of the joint command of the Armed Forces, to take the necessary actions and recover the security and order in that province.

The measure will remain active for the next 30 days, he specified and added that comprehensive operations will be carried out to locate and detain those responsible for the criminal action that took place.

In addition, Defense Minister Ricardo Patiño said that the dead officer was identified as José Luis Mejía Solórzano, and expressed solidarity with the families of the deceased and expressed the commitment to search for those responsible of that 'reprehensible fact.'


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