Members of the Special Operation Security Groups (GOES) of the Colombian police deactivated an explosive device in the border city of Cucuta on Monday, just hours after the 72-hour armed strike called by the guerrilla group of the National Liberation Army (ELN) ended.

Footage shows members of the police and GOES cordon off a security perimeter around the suspicious package and then initiating the controlled detonation work.

The mayor of Cucuta, Jairo Yanez, explained that this was not the only detonation in the city area: "Progress has already been made in the investigation of the events that occurred, this with the joint work that has achieved the controlled detonation of three explosive devices in Cucuta in its metropolitan area".

On Friday, the ELN guerrillas called for a 72-hour armed strike, reportedly aimed at pressuring the government of President Ivan Duque to restart negotiations. During the three days of mobilization one soldier was killed, and another suffered an amputation caused by an anti-personnel mine explosion.

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