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Colombia missing ‘significantly’ less ammo than reported by president

By Luis Jaime Acosta

(Reuters) – Ammunition and weapons missing from Colombia’s military complete considerably less than figures reported by President Gustavo Petro this week, a army doc seen by Reuters confirmed, contradicting assertions by Petro in regards to the lack of Israeli-made anti-tank missiles.

Petro on Tuesday stated extra than 1.6 million bullets had been missing from two army bases within the nation’s Cundinamarca and La Guajira provinces, in addition to hundreds of explosive munitions, two Spike missiles and 37 Nimrod missiles.

However, the report cited by Petro – seen by Reuters – solely lists 131,000 missing bullets and a just below 6,000 explosive munitions. It doesn’t point out any missing missiles.

Two senior army sources informed Reuters the president learn from the fallacious column within the report, which is why he gave the inaccurate figures.

General Helder Giraldo, commander of Colombia’s army, stated an investigation has been launched to find out the proper amount of missing ammunition, however denied any missiles had been misplaced.

(Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta; Writing by Oliver Griffin)

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