A UH-60L Black Hawk military helicopter, operated by the Colombian Army Aviation, has crashed in the southeast of the country during an operation against guerrillas, the service said Tuesday.
The helicopter was carrying 17 military personnel when it went down. According to latest reports, six of the crew-members were rescued from the crash site with eleven still missing.
The crash site was in a stretch of the river Inirida in Guaviare state, an area where dissident former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas are active. The army did not reveal whether the helicopter was shot down or an accident.
Even though most of the FARC rebels laid down their arms in a historic 2016 peace deal that ended a half century of conflict, more than 2,000 dissidents continue to resist the government. The army said the helicopter was taking part in an operation against dissidents in an area where there are drug plantations. The rebels are financing themselves though drug-trafficking and illegal mining.