Armed and hooded men attacked an Ecuadorian television station during a live broadcast as they forced staff members to the ground following the new president declaring a state of armed conflict in the country.
TC Television’s set was raided by men armed with pistols and what looked like sticks of dynamite during the airing of a live news program broadcasting to thousands of homes across the nation. The men shouted that they had bombs on hand. The background of the video was filled with sounds similar to gunshots being fired. However, there was no fatality in the attack, and no one was injured, as per police reports.
Ecuador’s national police chief announced that authorities had arrested all the masked intruders after they stormed the facility and took control of the situation. The siege lasted for about an hour and a half. According to the police commander, 13 people have been detained as a result of the incident.
There was later a statement from Ecuador’s attorney general’s office stating that 13 people would be charged with terrorism. The authorities have not been able to determine who is behind the invasion and occupation of the television station, as well as a series of other attacks that have shaken Ecuador in recent days, but they follow the prison escape of the country’s most powerful drug trafficker.
On Monday, President Daniel Noboa declared a state of emergency, which is a measure that authorizes authorities to suspend people’s rights and mobilize the army in places like prisons if necessary.
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