A military radar tracking drug trafficking aircraft in Ecuador suffered an explosion this Sunday, which authorities cannot rule out as a “terrorist attack”, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Defense said in a statement.
“Members of the Ecuadorian armed forces have been conducting the relevant investigations together with the personnel of the national police (…). A possible terrorist attack cannot currently be ruled out,” the letter said.
The radar in question started operating on October 27th on the orders of the President of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, on the Montecristi hill in Manabí, as reported by the Ecuadorian media “El Comercio”.
The Defense Department has defended that the armed forces “remain vigilant” to control air, sea and land to avoid “illegal activities outside the law”.
The governor of Manabí, Juan Francisco Núñez, has assured that the explosion was caused by “an error in the operation of the gear pump”, although the authorities have to clarify the cause of the error, the newspaper “The Universe” reported.