Colombia offers reward for capture of gunmen

15:00, June 28, 2010      

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The Colombian government on Sunday offered a reward of 51,000 U.S. dollars for anyone with information that can lead to the capture of the gunmen who attacked the president of the Medellin city assembly.

President Alvaro Uribe expressed his regret over the attack against Jhon Moncada Ospina, who is recovering in the hospital after receiving two shots in his abdomen Saturday night.

"I reaffirm the reward of up to 100 million Colombian pesos (51,000 dollars) for those who give information to help the authorities capture the material and intellectual authors of this grave attack," Uribe said.

Meanwhile, Medellin mayor Alonso Salazar has ordered the regional authorities to begin an "intensive" operation to find and capture the attackers.

Four gunmen ambushed Moncada's car and shot at him repeatedly on Saturday night.

One of the gunmen was killed by Moncada's bodyguard and another was injured and detained by police.

Source: Xinhua


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